I got 2 things I want to ask you.
1. I went to a conference on spirituality and family today. As expected, there was the question of what to do with defining religion and spirituality. Here are three perspectives.
"Religion is for people who are afraid of going to Hell; spirituality is for people who have already been there."
"Spirituality is who you are and religion is what you do."
"Religion gives form to spirituality."
2. OK, that was one thing. The next is measuring religion and spirituality. The measures in the scholarly literature on religion and spirituality are summed up by the following:
church attendance (frequency of attendance)
religious affiliation (Denomination)
religious importance ("How important is religion to you?")
That's about it. Now, I think that we all know that the influence of religion and spirituality cannot possibly be summed up in the above 4 variables. So, why are family researchers only using these token variables?
What do you think that family researchers ought to be measuring?