Empirical Theology in Texts and Tables

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

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

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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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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 167.64 x 243.84 x 27.94mm | 793.78g
  • 27 Jan 2009
  • Brill
  • Leiden
  • English
  • black & white line drawings, black & white tables, figures
  • 9004168885
  • 9789004168886
  • 1,328,569

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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.

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