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Everyday life, everyday connections? Theological reflections on the relevance of international youth studies research

Reggie W. Nel
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4627 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4627 | © 2017 Reggie W. Nel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 May 2017 | Published: 10 November 2017

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Reggie W. Nel, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

Young people everywhere seem to experience religion in their everyday living environments. They do theology. The question is how faith communities and theologians can nurture a creative and sensitive dialogue with these young people? More so, can we as researchers learn from each other across disciplines and geographic distances and how could the result of comparative dialogical research be relevant for youth ministry work and teaching? This contribution focuses on the value and prospects of comparative youth research on the everyday life (including their lived religion) of these young people for academic theologians. While it takes the approach of Meredith McGuire as a starting point as she challenges dominant Western approaches to the study of religion, yet this contribution also aims to maintain theological perspective, as I seek to find connections.

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