Deutsch Intern
    Chair of Religious Education

    A International Survey

    Religion and Life Perspective

    A International Survey


    Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Ziebertz and the Würzburger research group with Dr. Boris Kalbheim, Dr. Ulrich Riegel and Dr. Stefan Heil.
    In cooperation with Dr. William K. Kay, United Kingdom; Prof. Dr. Wit Pasierbek, Poland; Dr. Per Petterson, Sweden; Prof. Dr. Eila Helander, Finland; Dr. Zehavit Gross, Israel; Dr. Gordan Crpic, Croatia; Dr. Leo van der Tuin, The Netherlands; Dr. Christopher Alan Lewis, Ireland and Prof. Dr. Recep Kaymaczan, Turkey.


    There is debate within the social scientific community as to what is happening to religiosity in ‘the west’. Assertions of secularisation, privatisation and pluralism abound. Secularisation asserts that religion has lost importance to society, and to individuals within society. Privatisation, on the other hand, asserts that whereas religion has lost importance within society, it maintains a level of importance for individuals within society. This happens because individuals consider their religiosity to be a part of their personal sphere, and they do not base public behaviours upon privately held beliefs. Pluralism asserts that the position of religion in society has changed due to the increasingly diverse religiosity displayed within societies. Each of these assertions would explain the decline of authority of Christian churches within western nations, yet each of them raises a series of questions fundamental to practical theology.


    What contours do adolescents’ outlooks on life have in the micro-, meso- and macro-areas in Germany and comparatively internationally? The three distinct levels allow for a survey of personal orientation in life, of attitudes towards societal institutions, and of socio-politics with particular reference to European and Western development.
    What contours does adolescents’ religiousness have in the micro-, meso- and macro-areas in Germany and comparatively internationally? The three distinct levels allow for a survey of individual religious orientation and practice, of attitudes towards religious institutions, and of perceptions of religion in a societal context.
    The third question focuses on the association between outlooks on life and religiousness and on the context as a whole. Are there connections between the general and the religious outlook on life as well as between individual religiousness and the religious institutions (churches)? Are there particular types of outlooks on life and particular types of religiousness in themselves as well as in combination? Are there differences specific to countries between Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Europe


    This project aims to map the antecedents and consequences of various markers of religiosity among nine independent samples from different national contexts. The outlook on life of young people is investigated across a range of themes.


    Hermeneutical and quantitative empirical research


    Ziebertz H.-G., Kay W. (2006)(eds.), Youth in Europe II. An international empirical Study about Religiosity, Münster/Hamburg/London 2006 (LIT)
    Ziebertz Hans-Georg, Kay William (2005)(eds.),Youth in Europe. I: Life Perspectives. An international empirical Study about Life Perspectives. Münster/Hamburg/London
    Ziebertz H.-G., Kalbheim B., Riegel U. (2003), Religiöse Signaturen heute. Ein religionspädagogischer Beitrag zur empirischen Jugendforschung, Gütersloh/Freiburg.
    Ziebertz H.-G (Hg., 2001), Imagining God - Disappearance or Change? Münster.
    Ziebertz H.-G., (Hg., 2001) Religious Individualization and Christian Religious Semantics, Münster.