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Minding Methodology

Theology-Missiology and Migration Studies

Dorottya Nagy

supervisor at the University of South Africa and is actively involved in the work of the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies. Introduction Minding methodology within academic research calls attention to tensions in understanding the role and the place of academic research done

Mark Q. Gardiner

. Second, Davidson’s is described as a “Wittgensteinian-inspired version of pragmatism” (preface); it is from that pragmatism that the question of what it is that believers believe is theoretically and methodologically inseparable from consideration of how they behave and vice versa. As we have seen

Max Bader and Hans Schmeets

Election observation by OSCE/ODIHR has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. 1 While the methodology of OSCE/ODIHR election observation is perhaps the most elaborate among organizations that are active in election observation, it has essentially remained unchanged since the late 1990s

Kinga Sekerdej and Agnieszka Pasieka

methodological assumptions, to use Pierre Bourdieu’s expression, naturalize or eternalize the arbitrary ( 2001 : 2). Hence, it was natural to be Catholic in general, not only to our informants from the field. This also seems to be the normative stance, implicitly present in the scholarly work on religion in


Edited by Jason N. Blum

The traditions and institutions that we call religions abound with references to the supernatural: ancestral spirits, karma, the afterlife, miracles, revelation, deities, etc. How are students of religion to approach the behaviors, doctrines, and beliefs that refer to such phenomena, which by their very nature are supposed to defy the methods of empirical research and the theories of historical scholarship? That is the question of methodological naturalism. The Question of Methodological Naturalism offers ten thoughtful engagements with that perennial question for the academic study of religion. Contributors include established senior scholars and newer voices propounding a range of perspectives, resulting in both surprising points of convergence and irreconcilable differences in how our shared discipline should be conceptualized and practiced.

Friedrich Schweitzer

implications of viewing religion within non-religious interpretive frameworks? What methodological problems do we have to face concerning religion in childhood and adolescence? What interdisciplinary challenges can be identified in this context? Beyond these questions one could also wonder about possibilities

Sophie Gilliat-Ray

means by which research can be conducted. If we are to understand the ways in which religion is accommodated (or not) in prisons or hospitals across different European societies, this will necessarily require the development of methodological proficiency and the cultivation of skilled researchers who

Khaled Abou El Fadl’s Methodology of Reform

Law, Tradition, and Resisting the State

Angus M. Slater

the reformist movement. The present article examines the work of one reformist thinker, Khaled Abou El Fadl, and argues that when engaging with the classical tradition of the law, his methodology offers resources for a theory of the placement of the individual relative to the state and of their

Giovanni Parmeggiani

origins of the war between Athens and Sparta (1.23.4-6) and on the methodology of research of the facts (1.22.2. Cf. 1.20-21) shows a philosophical approach to history and historical research. A critically assessed comparison with some of Heraclitus of Ephesus’ statements also suggests that Thucydides

GUO Guichun

The essential significance of scientific metaphor lies in applying the general metaphorical theory to specific interpretations and elaborations of scientific theories to form a methodology of scientific explanation. It is a contextual grasp of objective reality. A given metaphorical context and its grasp of the essence of reality can only be valid when the context is continually restructured. Taking the context as a whole, the methodological characteristic of scientific metaphor lies in the unity of understanding and choice, experience and concepts, semantic structures and metaphorical domains, rationality and irrationality. As a form of thinking based on reasons, scientific metaphor plays an important role in invention, representation, explanation, evaluation, and communication.