chapter  3
Researching youth and religious identity
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book offers biographical accounts of orthodox Catholics and creative Catholics. It shows that religious practices concerning the sacraments are secondary for creative Catholics. The book also shows that their moral views towards the controversial issues of premarital sex, cohabitation, divorce, homosexuality and reproductive health are generally conservative, but the underpinning principles are not. It looks into their emotional anthology of resources which broadly accounts for the close human relationships they have: from family and friends to parish priests and lecturers. The book argues that the expressions of their religious identity in terms of their worship gatherings or outreach activities, for example, are in effect lifestyle choices. It also discusses the concept of indwelt individualisation. The book attempts to reconfigure the notion of reflexive spirituality by factoring in the importance of human relationships.