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Title: From belief to disbelief: A phenomenological study of the journey from Christian fundamentalism to atheism
Authors: Noland, Taylor
Supervisor(s): Chang, Jeff (Graduate Centre of Applied Psychology
Examining Committee: Jerry, Paul (Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology);
Pham, Sharon (Providence University College & Theological Seminary
Degree: Master of Counselling
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: atheism
Christian fundamentalism
Issue Date: 9-May-2017
Abstract: This thesis describes the rationale and methodology for a qualitative research project on the journey from Christian fundamentalism to atheism. It includes a review of the relevant literature on apostasy from Christian fundamentalism and on the adoption of an atheist identity, as well as a definition of the terms atheism, Christian fundamentalism, and apostasy/deconversion that will be used in this study. Descriptive phenomenology is the approach best suited to the research question and Colaizzi’s method as the optimum choice for data analysis because it incorporates participant feedback. Typologies for deconversion and for assuming an atheist identity are presented and discussed. Ethical considerations are also identified and addressed. The research question is: What is the lived experience of those who have moved from Christian fundamentalism to atheism?
Graduation Date:  -1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/228
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