Common Patterns of Religion and Spirituality: A Contribution to the Discussion on Typologies

Peter Nynäs, Nurit Novis-Deutsch, Paul Stenner

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The aim to discern variation in religion and spirituality has been central to the Study of Religions, and in particular, it has fueled the discussion on typologies. In this chapter, we analyze five distinct worldview profiles (prototypes) that we extracted from our study in 12 countries with the Faith Q-Sort (FQS). The FQS enables us to investigate in detail how certain ideas, practices, attitudes etc. vary in relevance between prototypes, and reveals patterns of importance for the discussion on typology. It provides a meaningful methodological tool for assessing and comprehending worldviews and how these are configured. Our findings show that our five prototypes, on the one hand, are distinguished by certain characteristics and that they, on the other hand, also are multidimensional and emerge as variations of how several elements are combined and emphasized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Diversity Of Worldviews Among Young Adults
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary (Non)Religiosity And Spirituality Through The Lens Of An International Mixed Method Study
EditorsPeter Nynäs, Ariela Keysar, Janne Kontala, Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo, Mika T. Lassander, Marat Shterin, Sofia Sjö, Paul Stenner
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-94691-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-94690-6
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2022


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