The Attitudes of Deconverted and Lifelong Atheists Towards Religious Groups : The Role of Religious and Spiritual Identity

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Pauha , T , Renvik , T A , Eskelinen , V , Jetten , J , van der Noll , J , Kunst , J R , Rohmann , A & Jasinskaja-Lahti , I 2020 , ' The Attitudes of Deconverted and Lifelong Atheists Towards Religious Groups : The Role of Religious and Spiritual Identity ' , International Journal for the Psychology of Religion , vol. 30 , no. 4 , pp. 246-264 . https://doi.org/10.1080/10508619.2020.1774206

Title: The Attitudes of Deconverted and Lifelong Atheists Towards Religious Groups : The Role of Religious and Spiritual Identity
Author: Pauha, Teemu; Renvik, Tuuli Anna; Eskelinen, Viivi; Jetten, Jolanda; van der Noll, Jolanda; Kunst, Jonas R.; Rohmann, Anette; Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Practical Theology
University of Helsinki, Open University
University of Helsinki, Social Psychology
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Date: 2020-10-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
ISSN: 1050-8619
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332690
Abstract: Increasing atheism, or the view that there is no God, is a major trend affecting the Western religious landscape. Scholarly interest in atheists has grown together with their number, but unanswered questions abound. In this study, we present survey data (N = 758) collected from deconverted and lifelong atheists in four countries (Australia, Finland, Germany, and Norway), and investigate the relationships between deconversion, religious identity, spiritual identity, and interreligious attitudes. We show that retaining a low level of religious or spiritual identity is more typical for deconverts than life-long atheists. Furthermore, we demonstrate that higher religious or spiritual identity among deconverts is associated with more positive attitudes toward different religious groups (national religious majority, religious minorities in general, and Muslims specifically).
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
IDENTIFICATION
PSYCHOLOGY
BELIEVERS
DISTRUST
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