Religiosity in various religious cultures: comparisons based on the Centrality of Religiosity Scale

Huber, Stefan; Ackert, Michael; Scheiblich, Herbert (2020). Religiosity in various religious cultures: comparisons based on the Centrality of Religiosity Scale. cultura & psyché, 1(1-2), pp. 171-185. Springer Nature Switzerland 10.1007/s43638-020-00007-3

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The article discusses the interreligious applicability of the Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS). A substantial part consists in the sociological justification of six core dimensions of religiosity (ideology, intellect, experience, private practice, public practice, consequences in everyday life), whereby the CRS is based on the first five dimensions. In the theoretical justification of the core dimensions, their relative autonomy and social expectations of religious persons play a determining role. The interreligious applicability of the CRS is supported by the fact that the social expectations addressed are present in all major religious cultures. Based on this, the operationalization of the core dimensions and individual modifications of the indicators in certain religious cultures are presented. The form specificity and the general nature of the indicators in terms of content are central to being able to apply the CRS in different religious cultures in a comparative way. From an empirical point of view, the reliability (Cronbach’s Alpha) of the CRS-10, consisting of ten indicators in Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist respondents, is discussed in the data of the International Religion Monitor 2007, which was conducted in 21 countries, taking into account the five major religious cultures mentioned above. It became clear that after taking into consideration the degree of modernization of a society and the proportion of secular people, the reliability coefficients in all religious cultures are within an acceptable range.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Empirical Religious Research
01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Practical Theology

UniBE Contributor:

Huber, Stefan Georg, Ackert, Michael


200 Religion > 280 Christian denominations
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology




Springer Nature Switzerland




Dr. Stefan Georg Huber

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24 Aug 2020 09:34

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02 Mar 2023 23:33

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