Construction of a cross-confessional model for studying religiosity is proposed based on a widened definition of religion and its interpretation as a two-part phenomenon including experience (inner part) and a system of presentation of the experience (outer part). The system of religion is understood as a three-dimensional unity of beliefs, activity, and institutions; religiosity as involvement into the system of the named dimensions. Each dimension of involvement is marked with empirical features. Each feature is scaled in a range from formal (outer) involvement to transforming (inner). The combination of involvement into each dimension (set by the features) gives a degree (index) of individual religiosity. Individual degrees form into types characterizing the range of society’s religiosity.
"Multi-Dimensional Cross-Confessional Approach to the Study of Religiosity in Belarus: Need and Conceptualization,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 35
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol35/iss5/3