The privatization of religious experience

Growth means, in the discursive context of youth culture, to reduce its participation in ritual practices and to disinterested, at least apparently, of religious experience. This appears to be an interesting and possible choice for a number of reasons, because we see that adults also have differing ways of understanding being believers, and some of them do not involve strong involvement; Because also by virtue of this it is believed that believers do not imply, if not secondary, ritual observance.

Because the environmental pressure from the adult world is shrinking as the world of peers increases; Because the separate character of religious experience ends up being overly similar to the stereotype of the “bigotry” who persists in attending too often the church; And finally, what was to be learned was learned, and what is proposed seems to be too much under the sign of boredom and too far from the vital thrusts of age.

But separation is initially from practice, not from religion as such, or at least it is not lived. The possibility of resorting to it when it is needed remains or is supposed or hoped to remain. In a word, religious experience is privatized. But this is obviously a road that will lead many to more distinct detachments. Beyond personal situations, religion is in need of collective public moments to be able to survive as an experience of some importance.

That is why in determining the weight that, after the pre-adolescence has passed, will assume the world of religion, it is most likely to play a significant role in the fact that the minor remains in the orbit of some associative experience or parish group. While up to preadolescence the differences between those who attend religious-related groups and others are not so significant, in the following period the fact of remaining attached to some associative experience could more clearly affect the weight that religion will exert In adult life.

Research in many countries has also demonstrated how the ability to access religious experience again is directly influenced by the age in which they are distanced from it during their youth.

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