Belief, Practice and Belonging

  • Stephen J. Hunt
Part of the Sociology for a Changing World book series (SCW)


The nature and focus of religious belief and belonging to religious collectives is the subject of this chapter. The core question which it addresses is: If Western society is essentially secular, what are the processes that lead to religious activity and association? The emphasis here is thus upon the crucial social variables that shape religious conviction over the different stages of life, the significance of beliefs in transitional periods of the life-cycle, the link between believing and belonging, religious identity and the nature of conversion to more stringent forms of religiosity.


Religious Belief Western Society Religious Group Religious Identity Religious Conviction 
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© Stephen J. Hunt 2002

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