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A Faithful Journey. Following a Married Couple’s Religious Trajectory over the Adult Lifespan

Version 1 : Received: 4 May 2022 / Approved: 9 May 2022 / Online: 9 May 2022 (10:02:48 CEST)

How to cite: Bullik, R. A Faithful Journey. Following a Married Couple’s Religious Trajectory over the Adult Lifespan. Preprints 2022, 2022050115 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0115.v1). Bullik, R. A Faithful Journey. Following a Married Couple’s Religious Trajectory over the Adult Lifespan. Preprints 2022, 2022050115 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0115.v1).

Abstract

This article addresses the question how the religious narrative identity and subjective religiosity change over the course of 15 years. The cases portrayed are deconverts who have changed their religious affiliations multiple times. It will be carved out what led to their deconversion and what remains as a core of their faith after they have turned away from organized religion for good. Interviews have been conducted at three time points and are analyzed using content analysis. It will become clear that the needs and expectations of the two individuals differ highly, as well as the reasons for turning away from a religious community; yet what is a common core in this joint faithful journey is their need to live their religiosity, now in a private setting.

Keywords

qualitative analysis; deconversion; case study; Faith Development Interview; subjective religiosity; narrative identity; content analysis

Subject

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Developmental Psychology

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