Wat bezielt afvalligen?

Een narratieve analyse van post-christelijke identiteitsontwikkelingen naar atheïsme of holistische spiritualiteit

Auteurs

  • Leonard van 't Hul Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54195/RS.11781

Abstract

Social scientists have come up with contrasting ideas on how to interpret indi­vidual transitions toward post­-Christian identities in contemporary Western societies. From the 1990s onward there has been a growing scientific interest in transitions towards holistic spiritualities, a trend that was complemented by an increasing emphasis on secular identities such as atheism after the turn of the millennium. A review of this growing stock of academic literature shows that the theoretical explanations of the various diagnoses are remarkably the same, empha­sizing a rationalization and pluralization of (religious) meaning systems, and a growth of moral individualism. Although these notions are undeniably true, they hardly enable a differentiation between individual transitions to the comple­menting post-­Christian identities. In this article I delve into this ‘explanatory gap’ by comparatively reconstructing the trajectories of post­-Christian identity reshap­ing, while focusing on the transition to atheist disbelief and holistic spiritualities. From a series of life course interviews it appears that the strictness of one’s religious milieu is a paramount factor in the process toward apostasy and embracing a new religious or secular identity later in life.

Biografie auteur

Leonard van 't Hul, Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau

Leonard van ’t Hul is cultuursocioloog en historicus en is als kwalitatief onderzoeker werkzaam bij het Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (SCP).

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31-03-2022

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van ’t Hul, L. (2022). Wat bezielt afvalligen? Een narratieve analyse van post-christelijke identiteitsontwikkelingen naar atheïsme of holistische spiritualiteit. Religie &Amp; Samenleving, 17(1), 5–26. https://doi.org/10.54195/RS.11781

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Received 2022-03-30
Published 2022-03-31