Keywords

Purpose of Life, Meaning, Relationships, Connection, Religion

Abstract

Given prior research, which establishes a connection between religiosity and an increased sense of meaning in life, this study draws on qualitative data from interviews with 172 religious individuals living in Ireland and the United Kingdom in order to analyze what religious individuals perceive as their purpose in life. Interviews were conducted in person, recorded, transcribed verbatim, and coded utilizing a team-based methodology. Researchers identified three main themes from the data related to the idea that the purpose of life is tied to relationships and connection: love and service toward others, family relationships, and connection with God. An analysis of these findings and prior research on the topic suggests that part of religion’s role in increasing a sense of meaning in life is that of encouraging adherents to build and foster meaningful relationships.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2019

Publisher

Common Ground Research Networks, Adam Callister, Quinn Galbraith, Heather Kelley

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

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