Religious identity development
Religion is part of human existence and of the culture in which we live. This means that the religious identity development of children and young people is not an isolated fact, but something that develops in a dynamic relationship with a certain environment.
Research into the development of religious identity
At the OJKC we investigate religious identity development of children and young people in relation to the context in which it is established. This can be a specific context, such as a church or school, but also the broader context of the culture in which we live. There are many questions to ask.
Factors in the development of religious identity
What exactly is religious identity and how does the religious identity of children and young people develop? Which factors influence the religious identity development of children and young people? When can we speak – from a normative point of view – of a 'healthy' religious identity development and what is the role the environment plays?
Religious development in children and young people
What does religious development in children and young people look like? Religious identity development is not only about beliefs, practices and values, but also about experiences, taking positions, establishing connections and becoming part of a faith community, and the choices that children and young people make in it. Based on the research questions, we try to understand religious identity development in children and young people.