Event Title

Apostosy or Not Apostasy? The Story of Keeping My Faith in College

Presenter Information

Eric Walker

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

College

College of Art & Letters

Major

Communication Studies

Session Number

2

Location

RM 215

Juror Names

Moderator: Dr. Allen Menton

Start Date

5-21-2015 3:40 PM

End Date

5-21-2015 4:00 PM

Abstract

This study shares my personal experience as a college student being challenged mentally and emotionally concerning my Christian beliefs. I experienced a level of apostasy during the beginning of my college life. Through this autoethnography, accompanied by personal narratives, interactive interviews and other ethnographic data, I seek to understand how Christians or other religious people lose their faith while pursuing higher education. There is a possibility that college students like myself are challenged in measurable degrees to lose faith in God. Recent research shows that this conventional wisdom concerning higher education posing a threat to religious faith appears to be more “myth” than measurable fact. I take the stance to show that college students undergoing apostasy is not a myth by sharing qualitative data from an ethnographic study of my personal experience along other accounts of students’ experiences that show change in their religiosity.

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May 21st, 3:40 PM May 21st, 4:00 PM

Apostosy or Not Apostasy? The Story of Keeping My Faith in College

RM 215

This study shares my personal experience as a college student being challenged mentally and emotionally concerning my Christian beliefs. I experienced a level of apostasy during the beginning of my college life. Through this autoethnography, accompanied by personal narratives, interactive interviews and other ethnographic data, I seek to understand how Christians or other religious people lose their faith while pursuing higher education. There is a possibility that college students like myself are challenged in measurable degrees to lose faith in God. Recent research shows that this conventional wisdom concerning higher education posing a threat to religious faith appears to be more “myth” than measurable fact. I take the stance to show that college students undergoing apostasy is not a myth by sharing qualitative data from an ethnographic study of my personal experience along other accounts of students’ experiences that show change in their religiosity.