Religion : immediate experience and the mediacy of research : interdisciplinary studies, concepts and methodology of empirical research in religion /
Hans-Günter Heimbrock, Christopher P. Scholtz (ed.).
Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007.
283 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
3525604343 (hbk.), 9783525604342 (hbk.)
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This volume deals with the question of how the immediacy of religious experience can best and scientifically apt be presented? Twelve internationally renowned scholars from Europe, North America, and Africa approach this fundamental issue drawing from their expertise in theology, the philosophy of religion, cultural anthropology, and the social sciences. In doing so this volume relates to a broad scope of religious experience from various cultural and religious contexts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Religious Experience, Empirical Research and the Quest of Immediacyp. 7
Religion, Culture and Cultural Theory
The Relevance of Popular Culture for Empirical Research in Practical Theologyp. 19
Embodied Knowing Understanding Religious Experience in Ritualp. 39
Everyday Culture Research and the Challenges of Immediacy Approaches from Cultural Anthropology/Volkskundep. 61
Reconstructing the Rationale of the Empirical in Theology
Reflective Comparativism in Religious Research A Cognitive Approachp. 77
Otherness in an Embodied Church The Impact of Phenomenology in the Study of Christian Social Servicep. 115
Reconstructing Lived Religionp. 133
Discussing the Notion of Experience
Experience as Interpretation A Peircean Approach to Practical Theologyp. 159
The Semantic Contents of Religious Beliefs and their Secular Translation Jurgen Habermas' Concept of Religious Experiencep. 175
Participation and Distanciation in the Study of Religionp. 189
Discussing Research Methods
Qualitative, Quantitative and Phenomenological Approaches to Experience - Complementary and Contrary Empirical-Theological Soundings from a Research Project on Family Ritualsp. 213
Researching That What Goes without Saying Methodological Reflections in the Context of Religious Experiencep. 243
Empirical Research on Religion Perspectives from the Psychology of Religionp. 259
Index of Namesp. 275
List of Contributorsp. 277
Zusammenfassung/Summary in Germanp. 279
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