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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

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

Christo Lombaard

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157430111X613737 Religion & Theology 18 (2011) 211–225 & Religion Theology Biblical Spirituality and Interdisciplinarity: The Discipline at Cross-Methodological Intersection 1 Christo Lombaard Department of Christian Spirituality

“The Very Act of Cutting”

Ethnomethodology, Interaction and the Emic–Etic Debate

Till Mostowlansky

’s position with regard to these topics. In this respect, I will particularly touch upon the methodological and epistemological dimensions of the emic–etic debate as outlined in the introduction to this issue. To do so, I will first contextualize ethnomethodology. I will then discuss key concepts in

Jason C. Bivins

(denominational history or colonialist anthropology perhaps), after which fresh methodologies open new pathways. Since the 1960s, Religious Studies has followed other humanities disciplines in looking to new places, periods, and themes, to bodies, senses, powers, and rites. Scholars celebrate these foci by