Exploring Single and Multiple Religious Belonging

Joantine Berghuijs, Hans Schilderman, André Van Der Braak, Manuela Kalsky

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Abstract

This contribution studies the notion of single and multiple religious belonging in a sample of 265 Dutch respondents. We will first focus on modalities of religious belonging and subsequently compare those who claim to draw from just one religion (the monoreligious) with those who indicate that they combine elements from different religious traditions (the multireligious) in terms of their intensities and styles of belonging, loyalty and mobility, and motivations for belonging. In general, multireligious respondents are characterized by their larger flexibility in religious matters as they tend to focus on similarities and common elements in different religions, and less on boundaries between them. By being loyal to themselves in the first place, they feel free to adopt and to leave behind religious beliefs and communities. Emotional and institutional bonds for each religion appear to be less strong than for monoreligious individuals in relation to their single religion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-48
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Empirical Theology : JET
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date20 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • loyalty
  • motivation
  • multiple religious belonging
  • openness
  • religious belonging
  • religious commitment
  • religious flexibility

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