NCSR 2008 - Urban Diversity and Religious Traditions
13-15 August 2008, Åbo Akademi University

Spirituality, a discussion of possible measurements

Peter B. Andersen, Peter Gundelach & Peter Lüchau

Secularisation seen in various forms have been a central area of investigation in the sociology for a long time, but in spite of the successful development of survey techniques to measure various forms of disengagement in traditional Christianity it is still difficult to get hold on other kinds of religiosity not correlated with Christianity or other kinds of dominant church like religiosity. As late as 2003 Billiet et al. ?failed? as they modestly termed it, to identify a measurement of pluralism on the basis of the RAMP survey. The same group as well as others have continued to work on the development of such measurements and measurements of what has been called spirituality. Sometimes spirituality has been understood as centred around the individual, sometimes it has been understood as non Church-sponsored or non-formal religion, but other understandings are possible as well.
This paper presents the development of a scale to measure non-formal religiosity, as it has been tested on a non-representative group of Danes. The hope is that it may be useable in national samples as well, and the group behind the development wants to discuss it at the session.