How Religious Styles Develop. Longitudinal, Cross-cultural and Multi-method Research with Faith Development Interviews

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Description: This project aims at cross-culturally investigating religious development across the life time using, for the first time in faith development research, a longitudinal design that includes re-interviewing a large number of participants with the faith development interview and inviting participants to answer an extensive questionnaire. Results will be based on samples in Germany and the USA covering the adult life span and a wide variety of religious persuasions and world views, including non-theists. Research questions include: Can progressive religious development be corroborated? Is there also regression? Is the advancement of religious development associated with the emergence of a dialogical, xenosophic style? What are correlates, predictors and outcomes of religious development?

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This project that is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation (Grant#60806) continues data and results from past Bielefeld-Chattanooga research projects into a longitudinal study. The faith development interviews and questionnaire data collected in this current project constitute Wave III of a longitudinal study with first-time participants in the Deconversion Project a...


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