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Youth, Spirituality, And Religion In Canada And Quebec

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This chapter presents certain particularities of the circumstances in which teenagers and young adults find themselves in relation to beliefs, spirituality, and religion. To accomplish this task, various types of Canadian and Quebecois research have been examined, some of which have been influenced by American and European scholarship. The chapter presents certain general statistics about the religious climate in Canada at the turn of the millennium. The Albertan sociologist Reginald Bibby's findings represent the collaborative results of sociological inquiry and theological interpretation. In socio-religious studies, Quebec has consistently been anomalous to the religious and spiritual trends associated with the rest of Canada while functioning as a kind of Catholic post-Christian laboratory. Globally, Bibby has revealed that religious affiliations experience little mobility regardless of the group. Spiritual beliefs have typically been colored by ideas about the supernatural and have been more prevalent among teenagers and young adults.

Keywords: Canadian; Quebec case; Reginald Bibby; spiritual beliefs; youth culture



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