J. Jans MA (Jeroen)

Gastonderzoeker - Empirische en praktische religiewetenschap

J. Jans MA (Jeroen)

Erasmusplein 1


Postbus 9103

State without religion?
Perceptions of young Christians, Muslims, and Humanists on religion-state relationships.

The separation between religion and state offers important conditions for any realization of tolerance at societal level. Constitutional rights like the freedom of religion, the freedom of conscience, and the freedom of expression, but also the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, are at least partly defined by how the ideal relationship between religion (and philosophy of life in general) and the state is conceived. In practice, there are varying degrees of separation or cooperation. And individual persons also have differing views on the ideal relationship.

This research explores the different ways in which youth in the Netherlands and Flanders perceive the ideal relationship between religion and state governance. More specifically, it will explain how committed Christian, Muslim, and Humanist youth agree with different models of relationships between religion (and philosophy of life in general) and state, against the backdrop of their philosophical beliefs, as well as individual and contextual level determinants.

The main research questions are:

(1) To what extent do young adults identifying with Christian, Muslim, or Humanistic communities actually differ regarding their agreement with different models of relationships between religion and state?

(2) To what extent can we explain inter-personal and inter-group differences in agreement with these models, by religious self-definition, group belonging, salience, practice and/or beliefs, next to characteristics at individual and contextual level?

Supervisors: dr. Carl Sterkens, prof. dr. Eric Vanbrux & prof. dr. Sophie van Bijsterveld