The New Spirituality and Religious Transformation in the Netherlands

Anke Bisschops

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

112 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

This article describes the current situation of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, together with specific factors that have contributed to its unusually rapid decline. The relatively new phenomenon of the unbound spiritual seeker has caused Christian spiritual centers to adjust their programming in such as way as to attract members of this new group. The article presents a number of results of our research project on these centers and their visitors. It shows that the majority of the visitors are Christians who are connected to a local parish or congregation and who simultaneously show typical characteristics of unbound spiritual seekers: they are individualistic, value personal growth, authenticity, autonomy etc. Apparently being a Christian and being an unbound spiritual seeker are not mutually exclusive, as has been thought. Finally, the article discusses a number of implications for the church and for the way in which it could respond to this situation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-39
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Practical Theology
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Fingerprint

Spirituality
Religion
The Netherlands
Research Projects
Parish
Autonomy
Authenticity
Congregations
Personal Values
Roman Catholic Church
Programming

Keywords

  • new spirituality
  • religious transformation
  • Netherlands
  • spiritual seekers
  • christian population

Cite this

@article{aeef5078b5534dd78c2c0cdfe8f9a502,
title = "The New Spirituality and Religious Transformation in the Netherlands",
abstract = "This article describes the current situation of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, together with specific factors that have contributed to its unusually rapid decline. The relatively new phenomenon of the unbound spiritual seeker has caused Christian spiritual centers to adjust their programming in such as way as to attract members of this new group. The article presents a number of results of our research project on these centers and their visitors. It shows that the majority of the visitors are Christians who are connected to a local parish or congregation and who simultaneously show typical characteristics of unbound spiritual seekers: they are individualistic, value personal growth, authenticity, autonomy etc. Apparently being a Christian and being an unbound spiritual seeker are not mutually exclusive, as has been thought. Finally, the article discusses a number of implications for the church and for the way in which it could respond to this situation.",
keywords = "new spirituality, religious transformation, Netherlands, spiritual seekers, christian population",
author = "Anke Bisschops",
year = "2015",
doi = "10.1515/ijpt-2014-0052",
language = "English",
volume = "19",
pages = "24--39",
journal = "International Journal of Practical Theology",
issn = "1430-6921",
publisher = "Walter de Gruyter GmbH",
number = "1",

}

The New Spirituality and Religious Transformation in the Netherlands. / Bisschops, Anke.

In: International Journal of Practical Theology, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2015, p. 24-39.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - The New Spirituality and Religious Transformation in the Netherlands

AU - Bisschops, Anke

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - This article describes the current situation of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, together with specific factors that have contributed to its unusually rapid decline. The relatively new phenomenon of the unbound spiritual seeker has caused Christian spiritual centers to adjust their programming in such as way as to attract members of this new group. The article presents a number of results of our research project on these centers and their visitors. It shows that the majority of the visitors are Christians who are connected to a local parish or congregation and who simultaneously show typical characteristics of unbound spiritual seekers: they are individualistic, value personal growth, authenticity, autonomy etc. Apparently being a Christian and being an unbound spiritual seeker are not mutually exclusive, as has been thought. Finally, the article discusses a number of implications for the church and for the way in which it could respond to this situation.

AB - This article describes the current situation of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, together with specific factors that have contributed to its unusually rapid decline. The relatively new phenomenon of the unbound spiritual seeker has caused Christian spiritual centers to adjust their programming in such as way as to attract members of this new group. The article presents a number of results of our research project on these centers and their visitors. It shows that the majority of the visitors are Christians who are connected to a local parish or congregation and who simultaneously show typical characteristics of unbound spiritual seekers: they are individualistic, value personal growth, authenticity, autonomy etc. Apparently being a Christian and being an unbound spiritual seeker are not mutually exclusive, as has been thought. Finally, the article discusses a number of implications for the church and for the way in which it could respond to this situation.

KW - new spirituality

KW - religious transformation

KW - Netherlands

KW - spiritual seekers

KW - christian population

U2 - 10.1515/ijpt-2014-0052

DO - 10.1515/ijpt-2014-0052

M3 - Article

VL - 19

SP - 24

EP - 39

JO - International Journal of Practical Theology

JF - International Journal of Practical Theology

SN - 1430-6921

IS - 1

ER -