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A psychological perspective on god-belief as a source of well-being and meaning

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Author(s): E. Karen van der Merwe | Chrizanne van Eeden | Hans J.M. van Deventer

Journal: Hervormde Teologiese Studies
ISSN 0259-9422

Volume: 66;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: God-image | God-concept | African religion | Christian religion | meaning | psychological well-being

ABSTRACT
This article reports on a qualitative exploration of the well-being and meaning that second- and third-generation Christians from an African context experience because of their integration of religion in their life and being. A textured, integrated tapestry is created of the participants’ understanding of God (God-concept), experience of their relationship with God (God-image) and understanding of life as coloured by their belief systems. The contribution of their God-belief to their sense of meaning and psychological well-being frames the tapestry of this article.How to cite this article: Van der Merwe, E.K., Van Eeden, C. & Van Deventer, H.J.M., 2010, ‘A psychological perspective on god-belief as a source of well-being and meaning’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(1), Art. #332, 10 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.332
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