Empirical Theology in Texts and Tables: Qualitative, Quantitative and Comparative Perspectives

Empirical Theology in Texts and Tables: Qualitative, Quantitative and Comparative Perspectives

Hardback Empirical Studies in Theology

By (author) Leslie J. Francis, By (author) Jeff Astley, By (author) Mandy Robbins

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  • Publisher: Brill
  • Format: Hardback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 244mm x 28mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 27 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9004168885
  • ISBN 13: 9789004168886
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings, black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 1,978,627

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Empirical theology offers fresh and stimulating insights into the concerns of both the Church and the academy. It does this by accessing relevant empirical evidence using the tools of the social sciences, and placing this evidence in the context of theological critique and contemporary debate. In this pioneering collection of focused essays, leading experts of empirical theology illustrate key perspectives within this rapidly expanding discipline. The first section of this book explores theoretical issues underpinning the main methods of obtaining empirical data, and the use of these data within theology. The other two sections displaying the role both of qualitative studies, and of the analysis of quantitative data, in exploring a range of theological beliefs and religious, social and educational concerns.

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Leslie J. Francis is Professor of Religions and Education within the University of Warwick. His original research concerning the connections between theology and the social sciences has been recognised by higher doctorates from the Universities of Oxford (DD), Cambridge (ScD) and Wales (DLitt). Mandy Robbins is Senior Research Fellow in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of Warwick. Jeff Astley is Directior of the ecumenical North of England Institute for Christian Education and Honorary Professorial Fellow in Practical Theology and Christian Education in the University of Durham.

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Empirical theology offers fresh and stimulating insights into the concerns of both the Church and the Academy. It does this by accessing relevant empirical evidence using the tools of the social sciences, and placing this evidence in the context of theological critique and contemporary debate. In this pioneering collection of focused essays, leading experts of empirical theology illustrate key perspectives within this rapidly expanding discipline. The first section of the book explores theoretical issues underpinning the main methods of obtaining empirical data, and the use of these data within theology. The other two sections display the role both of qualitative studies, and of the analysis of quantitative data, in exploring a range of theological beliefs and religious, social and educational concerns.

Table of contents

Preface ... xi Introduction ... xiii Chapter One Establishing Truth from Participation and Distanciation in Empirical Theology ... 3 Jaco S. Dreyer Chapter Two Truth and Method in Empirical Theology ... 27 Hans Schilderman Chapter Three Religious Identity in Comparative Research ... 41 Johannes A. van der Ven Chapter Four Epistemological Reflections on the Connection between Ideas and Data in Empirical Research into Religion ... 73 Chris A.M. Hermans Chapter Five Towards a Generic Model of Religious Ritual ... 101 Hans Schilderman Chapter Six Comparative Empirical Research in Religion: Conceptual and Operational Challenges within Empirical Theology ... 127 Leslie J. Francis Chapter Seven Adolescents' Views of Denominational Identities and of Dialogical Religious Education: An Empirical Study from Germany ... 155 Friedrich Schweitzer Chapter Eight Ordinary Soteriology: A Qualitative Study ... 177 Ann Christie and Jeff Astley Chapter Nine Narrative Competence and the Meaning of Life: Measuring the Quality of Life Stories in a Project on Care for the Elderly ... 197 Thijs Tromp and R. Ruard Ganzevoort Chapter Ten The Theological Case for Christian Schools in England and Wales: A Qualitative Perspective Listening to Female Alumnae ... 217 Tania ap Sion, Leslie J. Francis and Sylvia Baker Chapter Eleven Faith or Morality? 'Theological Sediments' Depending on the Centrality, Content, and Social Context of Personal Religious Construct Systems ... 249 Stefan Huber and Constantin Klein Chapter Twelve Socialisation and Empirical-Theological Models of the Trinity: A Study among Theology Students in the United Kingdom ... 269 Mark J. Cartledge Chapter Thirteen Religious Socialisation in the Family: A Multi-dimensional and Multi-level Perspective ... 291 Sabine Zehnder Grob, Christoph Morgenthaler and Christoph Kappler Chapter Fourteen Apostolic Networks in Britain: Personality and Praxis ... 321 William K. Kay Chapter Fifteen Xenophobia and Religious Pluralism: An Empirical Study among Youth in Germany ... 339 Hans-Georg Ziebertz and Ulrich Riegel Chapter Sixteen A Church Divided by Theology and Practice: The Case of the Admission of Children to Communion in the Church in Wales ... 365 Keith Littler List of Contributors ... 387 Name index ... 393 Subject index ... 401