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Protestantism and religious transit: religious trajectory of believers from the Methodist churches in Volta Redonda-RJ

Grant number: 12/03193-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2012
Effective date (End): April 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Theology - Pastoral Theology
Principal researcher:Sandra Duarte de Souza
Grantee:Hugo Gonçalves de Freitas
Home Institution: Faculdade de Teologia (FATEO). Universidade Metodista de São Paulo (UMESP). Instituto Metodista de Ensino Superior (IMS). São Bernardo do Campo , SP, Brazil


The religious transit is a phenomenon of circulation of people and ideas that has remodeled the scenery of religions in Brazil. This movement is wider than the dividing lines of each religion and the religious subjects see themselves increasingly free to seek, wherever it may be, solutions that meet their spiritual needs. This research has as a main goal to study the religious transit of attendees of Methodist churches in the city of Volta Redonda - RJ, in order to understand where they come from, what motivates them to the transit, in what they believe, what is the intensity of this movement and to verify if they have hold any position in the religious group. To do so, a field research with application of a questionnaire for data collection will be developed. The criteria for the participation in the research will include the need to currently attend the Methodist church and be over 18 years old. The individuals whodeclare themselves members of another faith and/or visitor will be excluded of the research. It is expected to contribute to the studies in the theology field and enrich the research about the religious transit in Brazil from the perspective of the Methodist Church in the State of Rio de Janeiro, opening ways that allow better understanding about this complex phenomenon.

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