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Religious Identity

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Religious identity describes how a person or group understands, experiences, shapes, and is shaped by the psychological, social, political, and devotional facets of religious belonging or affiliation. There has not yet emerged a unifying theory of religious identity, but the plurality contained within the category has occasioned psychological, sociological, and political, as well as philosophical, theological, and traditioncentered, accounts of religious identity. As objects of academic inquiry, religion and religious practices can be the subject of functional ...

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