Indonesia Ministry of Religious Affairs Survey: People Increasingly Religious during pandemic

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Puslitbang Bimas Agama and Religious Services R&D Agency and Training Ministry of Religion conducted a survey on the Urgency of Religious Services during the Pandemic. One of its findings related to the increasing religiosity of society during the pandemic.


This was conveyed by the Head of Balitbangdiklat Kemenag, Achmad Gunaryo. According to him, the level of religiousity of Indonesian society in general increased, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The survey was conducted online, on March 8-17, 2021. It was found that the majority of respondents felt increasingly religious since they experienced/experienced the Covid-19 pandemic. The value reaches 81 percent," said Achmad Gunaryo in a statement received by Republika, Thursday (22/7).


In addition, 97 percent of respondents also felt that belief/religion psychologically helped in dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic and its effects.


Conditions in the field, there are still few psycho-spiritual consulting services (religious psychology) available. According to the theory, in crisis situations such as the Covid-19 pandemic, when people experience fear, suffering, or disease often experience spiritual renewal.

In detail, borrowing the theory and instruments of the FICA Spiritual History Tool developed by Puchalski (1996), the findings on the questions in this survey are as follows:


- Most respondents strongly agreed and agreed (55.1%), feeling that Covid influenced religious beliefs/practices.


- A total of 61.6% of respondents felt that the long-lasting Covid pandemic encouraged them to discover the meaning of life.


- Majority of respondents (81%) increasingly religious since experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic.


- Majority of respondents (97%) feel their beliefs/religion helps (psychologically) them deal with Covid and its effects.


- A total of 86.7% of respondents attempted to connect with (seek support from) religious leaders and their religious communities.

- During the pandemic, the majority of respondents (89.4%) feel mentally-spiritual support (there is support system) from religious leaders and religious communities.


- When isolation / solitary, a variety of activities are carried out. A total of 56.3% heard/read scripture, 47.2% heard lectures, and 42.8% dhikr/meditation. Very little is a special psychological-consultation. Only 22.1% of respondents claimed to have received psychological-religious counseling during the pandemic.


This online survey is based on 1,550 responses from Covid-19 sufferers, survivors, and people in 34 provinces with enough spread and together with the indonesian population.


"With the Accidental sampling method, the findings only apply to respondents. Furthermore, qualitative information collection is carried out, by interviewing per phone 20 selected informants," he continued.