Measuring Religious Identity Differently

A Canadian Survey Study


  • Peter Beyer University of Ottawa
  • Alyshea Cummins University of Ottawa
  • Scott Craig University of Ottawa



religious identity, young adults, Canada, survey research


The research project reported here seeks to discover more about how Canadians, and younger Canadians in particular, imagine and construct their personal religious identities, and how they do so in a context of institutionalized religious diversity.


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How to Cite

Beyer, P., Cummins, A., & Craig, S. (2016). Measuring Religious Identity Differently: A Canadian Survey Study. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 45(1), 10–15.