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Completed research project

Title / Titel Faith - learnt, induced and applied. Post-modern religion of experience between individual life design and congregational processes; a case study about "charismatics" in a local reformed church in Winterthur.
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Original title / Originaltitel Glauben lernen, induzieren und realisieren: Postmoderne Erlebnisreligion zwischen individuellen Lebensentwürfen und "charisamtischer" Gemeinschaftsbildung an einem Fallbeispiel in der Zürcher Landeskirche.
Summary / Zusammenfassung The "Charismatic Movement", the largest and most expanding element within worldwide Protestantism, can be classified as a phenomenon with today's "New Religious Movements". The size and growing impact of the NRM within the religious and social field can no longer be overlooked; with their presence they seriously challenge the old concepts of secularization.
As a most complex and often ambiguous religious movement, the "Charismatic Movement" animates the social researcher to take up investigation from the point of view of the transmission of tradition respectively of the "social construction of reality". To investigate the ways of religious traditions, means to explore the processes of repetition, reproduction and reconstruction, both from the side of its transmitters and its recipients.
The approach to religion as a social and communicational process in space and time, as a "Sinnprovinz" (Schütz) based on the reconstruction of tradition in processes of communication, widens the focus of analysis to contemporary forms of religion.
By means of qualitative social research methods the project looks for the situative reconstructions of religious tradition at the intersection of a supra-congregational movement of global character and its local and institutional forms of religiosity. It inquires into an international concept of evangelisation of increasing worldwide impact, the Alpha course, as applied by a "charismatic" group within a local reformed church in Winterthur/ZH.
The researcher's focus of interest is to explore any potential relations between the individual religious reconstructions in question and the processes of identity-construction or -performance. She shall also look at the tensions between individualized spirituality and social congregational commitment as part of her larger research question.
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Lic. Phil. I Eva Baumann-Neuhaus (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Dorothea Lüddeckens
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
NF-Kreditnummer 41010104 / Gesuchsnummer 10-101490/1
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Oct 2003 to Sep 2006