Exploring the Experience of a Crisis of Faith: A Qualitative Study

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Claire D Webb (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
Web Site: http://www.ecu.edu/lib/

Abstract: For some , religion and spirituality play a crucial role in one's life , influencing their values , behaviors , and relationships. Research suggests that spirituality gives one a sense of purpose and identity , and can allow an individual to make meaning out of negative life events. A crisis of faith is a painful experience in a Christian's life when he or she begins to doubt his or her beliefs , causing grief and confusion for the individual , as well as a sense of disconnection from God. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experience of a crisis of faith and gain a deeper understanding to why one might remain committed to his or her faith , or choose to abandon it completely. Grounded theory methodology revealed that crises of faith were connected to a relationship with God. This relationship fluctuated based on the individual's acceptance of self and acceptance of God's love. The results indicated that a crisis of faith could lead to a deeper relationship with God as well as spiritual growth. Findings also supported God as an attachment figure , who Christians interact with differently depending on attachment style and past attachment injuries.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Religion, Spirituality, Crisis of Faith, Grounded Theory

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