Nieuwe spiritualiteit en sociale betrokkenheid

J.T. Berghuijs

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    New spirituality has often been criticized as being egocentric and lacking incentives
    for social engagement. Critical authors are vague and/or differ in specifying who
    they are writing about and what the criticism is. Empirical studies are scarce. After
    seeking an adequate demarcation of the target group (people involved in new spirituality),
    a concept of social engagement is established that distinguishes between
    behavior that is and that is not driven by egocentric motivation. A representative
    sample of the Dutch population has been surveyed using a questionnaire based on
    this conceptual model. On most measures people involved in new spirituality are
    less socially engaged than affiliated or traditionally religious people but more engaged
    than ‘secular’ people. However, they are more committed to organizations for
    environmental protection, peace, or animal rights than the other groups. Overall,
    demographic factors – especially education, age, and gender – are stronger predictors
    of social engagement than religious and spiritual beliefs, experiences, or
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)181-210
    Number of pages30
    JournalReligie en samenleving
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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