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Faith and Identity Status

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In their research on identity status and religion, Verhoeven and Hutsebaut (V&H) not only demonstrate that there is a significant relationship between identity status and religion, but they also establish its rather complex character. Identity crises are handled in various ways and it turns out that the practice of faith is not utterly independent of the way in which the crisis is carried through. This may not surprise us since faith does not present itself without social or psychological embodiment. In this reflection I pay attention to three issues, in the first place the conceptualisation of the research topic, secondly some aspects of the practice of faith that emerge, and in the third place a more general statement on practical theology.


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