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Redrawing the Map: Varieties of “Spiritual,” “Religious” and “Secular” Lives

  • Barbara KellerEmail author
  • Heinz Streib
  • Ralph W. Hood
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Abstract

This chapter summarizes the trajectories laid out in the chapters focusing on narrative constructions of faith development in biographical context (Chaps.  16,  18 22 and  26). Differences and similarities which are aligned to and which cut across focus group s (defined by self-identification as “religious” vs. “spiritual” and the distinction of theist vs non- or atheist , see Chap.  4), affiliation, and cultural context are highlighted. Different trajectories are reviewed, and different discursive functions of being “spiritual” are outlined. The map we draw is, however, based on a selection of interviews obtained in this project. It will need to be revised as we study more interviews and map new territory, including our third volume that will be based upon longitudinal research now in progress.

Keywords

Spirituality Biography Case study 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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