“…I Really Did Depend on My Faith in God During that Time … to See the Meaning in My Life.”—Religious Spiritualities

  • Michele WollertEmail author
  • Barbara Keller


This chapter looks at case studies of individuals in the research project who show characteristics of being both “religious” and “spiritual” in traditional religious contexts. Self-identification in both categories can occur at different phases of the life span, including young adults who are “coming of age” as well as participants who are further along in the life span. By comparing and contrasting the different case studies, assumptions may be developed regarding the developmental and differential aspects of “religious” spiritualities. For each participant, Faith Development Interview scoring and participant totals on other measures dealing with constructs such as mysticism , generativity , attitudes toward God, and attachment will be examined. Three American case studies are explored in detail to better understand the trajectories of “spiritual” individuals in the more pluralistic religious arena in US culture.


Theism Spirituality Religion Faith development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanoogaUSA
  2. 2.University of BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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