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Receptivity and the Nature of Religion

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Responding to Neyrinck & Hutsebaut and to Van Uden, Pieper & Alma (both in this edition), the author addresses the topic of receptivity, a religious coping style that does not involve a personal view of God. Although Neyrinck & Hutsebaut focus on receptivity in relation to religious styles and Van Uden, Pieper & Alma deal with receptivity and coping, both research teams note that in the secularized context of the Netherlands religious coping concepts with all too personal God views fail to measure an important religious style. The author discusses some conceptual and methodological issues in this research and reflects on the theological ramifications. He critiques the interpretation of the Receptivity subscales and argues that the relation to the sacred is the distinguishing element. Finally, he offers some preliminary theological reflections on receptivity and the sacred in light of a dynamic understanding of transcendence and a relational definition of religion.


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