Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion publishes empirical and theoretical studies of religion from a wide range of disciplines and from all parts of the globe. This volume includes a special section on spirituality and hope that brings together theoreticists and practitioners who present original research on this important and neglected topic. Alongside this section are papers presenting studies on subjects such as civic participation, suffering with God, and spirituality. Together these papers represent important contributions that advance theory and evidence in a number of different fields of contemporary relevance to the study of religion.
Ralph L. Piedmont, Ph.D. (1989) in Personality Psychology, Boston University, is Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University, Maryland, USA. He has published extensively in the psychology of religion and spirituality and has been editor of RSSSR for 10 years.
Andrew Village is Senior Lecturer in Practical and Empirical Theology at York St John University, UK. His research interests include the sociology and psychology of religion in relation to outgroup prejudice, the use of sacred Scriptures, and Anglicanism.
Contributors include: Ahmed M. Abdel-Khalek, Gina Brelsford, Sarah A. Chickering, Joanne Dickson, Leslie J. Francis, Kenneth H. Hamilton, Russell McCann, Joyce O. Murphy, Michelle J. Scallon, Anthony Scioli, Patrick Shade, Christopher Sink, Jen Unwin, Andrew Village, Marcia Webb and Paul Wink.
Those interested in the study of religion, especially in the social or psychological sciences. Practical and applied theologians. Those studying the theology or psychology of hope.