Special Issue "Transformations of Religiosity"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Nissen

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University, P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Interests: Comparative religion; History of religion; Spirituality; Ecumenical studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In contemporary Western society, people’s religiosity, defined as their personal religious life orientations, their beliefs and behaviours (not in the sense of the objectified and institutionalized religions), is undergoing a transformation towards what is often called ‘spirituality’. This transformation involves both beliefs and practices. It has been studied in a number of scholarly publications, focusing mainly on the individualization of religiosity and on the so-called ‘unaffiliated’. Research has been done on both genetic and environmental influences and on personality correlates explaining the patterns of the individualization of religiosity. For this volume we invite contributions devoted to the effects of the transformation of religiosity on both the forms and functions of religion in people’s lives: in what sense does their religious behaviour change and how is this related to a changing function of religion in their biography? We gladly welcome contributions on the three components of religiosity: knowing (cognition in the mind), feeling (effects on the spirit), and doing (behaviour of the body). Case studies might deal with transforming cognitive patterns of religiosity (orthodoxy, fundamentalism, religious liberalism), transforming experiential forms of religiosity (e.g. conversion, mysticism), and transforming religious practices (e.g. public rituals and ritualizing).

Prof. Dr. Peter Nissen
Guest Editor

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  • Transformation of religiosity
  • Spirituality
  • Changing cognitive patterns of religiosity
  • Religious experiences
  • Changing religious ritual

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Open AccessArticle Emerging Transitions in the Meaning of Religious Constructs: The Case of the Philippines
Religions 2018, 9(12), 387; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9120387
Received: 25 September 2018 / Revised: 24 October 2018 / Accepted: 23 November 2018 / Published: 26 November 2018
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Recent data from two local empirical studies on religion (Baring et al. 2018) and the sacred (Baring et al. 2017) show how an imminent shift in Filipino youth attitudes articulates new perspectives on religion, religiosity, and spirituality. This paper presents an analysis of [...] Read more.
Recent data from two local empirical studies on religion (Baring et al. 2018) and the sacred (Baring et al. 2017) show how an imminent shift in Filipino youth attitudes articulates new perspectives on religion, religiosity, and spirituality. This paper presents an analysis of three emerging peculiar characterizations of religious experience by young students culled from two previous empirical studies. These newfound descriptions indicate a departure from traditional binary religious categories (e.g., sacred–profane, religious–spiritual) typically employed in many studies. The first describes a peculiar interpretation of religious experience indicating an epistemological shift from an exclusive definition to a diffused interpretation of religious–spiritual categories: as “personal religiosity” and “institutional spirituality”. Personal religiosity reports an unexpected combination of personal ethical forms of de-institutionalized religious views of students. Institutional spirituality represents beliefs that honor institutional affiliation. The second describes the emergence of personal–communal poles discerned from their notions of religion and sacred. The third highlights the ethical orientation of students’ religious perceptions. These peculiar conceptual shifts may have pastoral and theological implications. Full article
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