Exploring the Experience of a Crisis of Faith: A Qualitative Study
Webb, Claire D
For some, religion and spirituality play a crucial role in one’s life, influencing their values, behaviors, and relationships. Research suggests that spirituality gives one a sense of purpose and identity, and can allow an individual to make meaning out of negative life events. A crisis of faith is a painful experience in a Christian’s life when he or she begins to doubt his or her beliefs, causing grief and confusion for the individual, as well as a sense of disconnection from God. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experience of a crisis of faith and gain a deeper understanding to why one might remain committed to his or her faith, or choose to abandon it completely. Grounded theory methodology revealed that crises of faith were connected to a relationship with God. This relationship fluctuated based on the individual’s acceptance of self and acceptance of God’s love. The results indicated that a crisis of faith could lead to a deeper relationship with God as well as spiritual growth. Findings also supported God as an attachment figure, who Christians interact with differently depending on attachment style and past attachment injuries.
Webb, Claire D. (July 2019). Exploring the Experience of a Crisis of Faith: A Qualitative Study (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/7462.)
Webb, Claire D. Exploring the Experience of a Crisis of Faith: A Qualitative Study. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, July 2019. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/7462. December 08, 2019.
Webb, Claire D, “Exploring the Experience of a Crisis of Faith: A Qualitative Study” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, July 2019).
Webb, Claire D. Exploring the Experience of a Crisis of Faith: A Qualitative Study [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; July 2019.
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