‘I don’t think I ask questions really’

The Findings from a Qualitative Study of Religious and Spiritual Questioning Among 16–19 Year-olds

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This paper presents the findings from a small qualitative study of young people’s religious and spiritual questions. In addition to the questions asked by the young people, the nature of their questioning will be explored, and their apparent lack of religious or spiritual curiosity. In conversation with the literature on curiosity, a theoretical explanation of why these young people may not be curious about religious or spiritual questions will be presented. Finally, this paper will explore how the interview itself provided an incubator for religious and spiritual questioning, as a context which seemed to provoke – and not simply capture – the young people’s questions.

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