Changing values and religiosity: the case of the emerging community movement in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland

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Contrary to earlier assumptions, not (only) is religion declining in modern societies, it is taking new roles in the complex development of (late) modern societies. In empirical studies on values, religiosity has been connected primarily to traditionalist value patterns that highlight stability, traditionality and security. This article, focusing on data collected from members of a renewal movement in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Finland (N = 529), addresses how the 10 universal values in Schwartz’s Value Theory relate to their religiosity and theological orientations. The results of the study imply that there are several religious value patterns, and not just one. Differences in theological orientation as well as other aspects of religious belief and participation proved to have an effect on the patterns. These findings open up new directions for the study of religion, spirituality and values.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of beliefs and values
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)77-94
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Values
  • religiosity
  • Finland
  • Schwartz
  • 614 Theology

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