The Embedded Faith Journeys of Generations X and Y within New Zealand Church Communities

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Tracey McIntosh en
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Martin Sutherland en Johnstone, Carlton Graeme en 2009-08-14T04:18:04Z en 2009-08-14T04:18:04Z en 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Sociology)--University of Auckland, 2008. en
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dc.description.abstract Generations X and Y have been described as constituting a ‘black hole’ in congregational life. The literature emphasises that generations X and Y are interested in spirituality but not institutional religion. There is now a substantial body of literature arguing that generations X and Y find churches ‘irrelevant’, ‘absent of God’, ‘too rigid’, and ‘laughably out of touch’ with their lives. This thesis argues that generational accounts of religion often fail to make an important distinction between the churched and unchurched in relation to generational distinctiveness. This is a distinction often drawn by sociologists of religion, pointing to two quite different cultures, one communally orientated towards faith communities and the other orientated towards personal freedom and a privatised spiritual quest. Generations X and Y in this thesis refer to a generational unit who share a particular type of faith: owned and embedded within a church community. Employing a methodological approach of in-depth religious life story interviews this thesis is a sociological investigation into the way Christian faith journeys of GenX and GenY are embedded within New Zealand church communities. It is argued that their faith does not make sense outside of this embeddedness. Embedded faith provides a framework for making sense of the participants’ religious biographies. Embedded faith is contrasted to a more privatised understanding of faith and religion popular within sociology of religion. The active dimension of embedded faith is demonstrated through an exploration of modes of engagement with worship and preaching. This thesis builds upon qualitative studies that continue to demonstrate the salience of the collective act of religious involvement and social belonging. One of the challenges of embedded faith however, is finding a church to embed it within. This thesis provides understanding and insight into the relationship between embedded faith and church switching. It explores the way that church switching is an intentional act of disembedding and re-embedding faith and the reasons for this practice. en
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dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1912667 en
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dc.subject Generation X en
dc.subject Generation Y en
dc.subject Church en
dc.subject Faith Journeys en
dc.subject Church Switching en
dc.subject Church Two-Timing en
dc.title The Embedded Faith Journeys of Generations X and Y within New Zealand Church Communities en
dc.type Thesis en Sociology en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::370000 Studies in Human Society::370100 Sociology en
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dc.rights.accessrights en Faculty of Arts en

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