Beyond “religion” and “spirituality”: extending a “meaning systems” approach to explore lived religion

Murphy, J. (2017) Beyond “religion” and “spirituality”: extending a “meaning systems” approach to explore lived religion. Archive for the Psychology of Religion/Archiv für Religionspsychologie, 39 (1). pp. 1-26. ISSN 0084-6724.

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A review of recent research suggests that academic and popular distinctions between “religion” and “spirituality” are unfounded. Working from a meaning systems perspective, it is argued that recognizing that “religious” and “spiritual” are part of the same broad category does not go far enough. It is argued that a wider perspective that considers the interplay of many different cultural and social factors on both beliefs and
practices is more useful. This broadening of the multi-level, interdisciplinary paradigm to examine all existential cultures, including the secular and non-religious, offers the potential to better understand the complexity and diversity of lived religion. Increased use of idiographic methodologies and a more reflective approach to the constructs used in nomothetic methodologies are advocated as a way to advance the field and
better explore beliefs and practices in a more ecologically valid way.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0001 Religion (General)
Depositing User: James Murphy
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 08:39
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 15:06

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