Changing "Diffuse" to "Profiled" Positions by Facing Religious Truth-Claims? Contexts of Belonging as Conditions of Religious "Matching-Processes".

Lorenzen, Stefanie (2017). Changing "Diffuse" to "Profiled" Positions by Facing Religious Truth-Claims? Contexts of Belonging as Conditions of Religious "Matching-Processes". In: Gearon, Liam; Kuusisto, Arniika (eds.) Value Learning Trajectories. Theory, Method, Context (pp. 81-95). Münster: Waxmann Verlag

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This paper presents some results of a research dedicated to the problem of religious “decision-making” as a questionable part of Religious Education. In this article, I analyse what kind of situational conditions are suited to stimulate changing young adults’ (mostly distanced) positions of “religion” and religious commitment. This empirically-based research is situated within a German theoretical discussion about the aims of Religious Education in pluralistic contexts. I start with a brief overview of “undecided” or “diffuse” religiosity as a widespread phenomenon. Second, I give two prominent examples that I consider as representative of the German way of treating this phenomenon of a “diffuse” or “soft” pluralistic stance in didactical theory. Diagnosing a lack of empirical evidence concerning the processes of existential engagement and transformation of attitudes, I give one example of my research that focuses on the concept of social “density” as a condition of further “matching-processes” concerning religion. The analysis also shows that the concept of “belief” as a condition of partaking in “religious” groups can be a severe obstacle for enabling young adults to identify with religious traditions.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Practical Theology > Pastoral Care, Religious Psychology and Religious Education

UniBE Contributor:

Lorenzen, Stefanie

Subjects:

200 Religion
200 Religion > 240 Christian practice & observance

ISBN:

978-3-8309-3658-9

Publisher:

Waxmann Verlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefanie Lorenzen

Date Deposited:

03 May 2018 10:43

Last Modified:

03 May 2018 10:49

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/112328

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