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Having Faith in Young People's World View and Their Life Pattern

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This article discusses the practical-theological question how young people can be involved in church life, by means of empirical research into the meaning of the Christian faith for Dutch, Protestant-Christian young people between 15 and 18 years of age. The research was aimed at gaining insight into the world view and life pattern, the existential experiences and the coping behaviour of young people, through interviews and a written questionnaire. In this respect, the Christian faith was understood as a possible source that gives meaning to life. However, this seems to manifest itself only with respondents that have religiously-involved parents, and even in the world view and life patterns of these respondents it takes an isolated position. In the practical-theological reflection on the research results, they are connected with the process of differentiation and individualization of our society, and the related crisis in the church and the Christian faith. At the same time, the question is raised what the impact of the results will be on the church (youth) policy.


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