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Visser-Vogel, Elsbeth; Westerink, Janneke; de Kock, Jos; Barnard, Marcel; Bakker, Cok – Religious Education, 2012
The aim of this article is to present a framework for studying the religious identity development of highly religious Christian and Muslim adolescents. Building on existing theories on identity development, the authors define highly religious Christian and Muslim adolescents as "orthoprax" adolescents and explore the consequences of this for…
Descriptors: Muslims, Adolescents, Identification (Psychology), Guidelines
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Bachand, Sarah Caffrey – Religious Education, 2010
This article responds to sociologist Christian Smith's claim that many teenagers today have lost traditional religious faith and instead espouse a new and erroneous faith in God the "Cosmic Therapist." The author challenges this claim by comparing two of Smith's chief complaints vis-a-vis teen faith to established portraits of adolescent faith.…
Descriptors: Altruism, Religion, Religious Education, Sociology
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Rymarz, Richard M. – Religious Education, 2007
Why do adolescents and young adults lack a full and coherent understanding of a religion? This is a phenomenon of wide-ranging proportions. Using a cultural, theological, and philosophical analysis, the author argues that one important reason behind the lack of religious content knowledge is the reluctance of teachers to move beyond the…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Cognitive Objectives, Cognitive Processes
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Fisherman, Shraga – Religious Education, 2002
Based on Herbert's (1987) theory of ego identity development and on interviews of hundreds of Israeli religious male adolescents and young adults who were raised and educated in religious society and later left the fold, this article presents a model of development of religious identity. Three levels of religious identity development--healthy,…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Substance Abuse, Social Isolation, Delinquency
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Gorr, Alan – Religious Education, 1990
After interviewing Jewish teenagers about death, finds Reform Judaism teachers teach about love and marriage but not death. Observes students know little of Jewish customs related to death. Notes Jewish doctrine focuses on the needs of the living. Considers elements that will be necessary to provide for effective death education in Reform Jewish…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Beliefs, Curriculum Development, Death