The 25th volume of
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion continues to provide readers with an interdisciplinary assortment of high quality research studies aimed at capturing salient, contemporary trends in the field. The current volume presents a special section examining the role of spiritual and religious themes in sexuality research. Engaging analyses evaluate homonegativity and how religious advocacy influences perceptions of gay and lesbian individuals across different cultures. Also included are papers on the development of sexual identities among religious committed individuals. These papers help to connect concepts too frequently considered unrelated. The regular articles provide similarly stimulating evaluations of timely topics such as religious coping, gratitude, and the role of personality in describing religious experiences.
Ralph L. Piedmont, Ph.D., is professor of pastoral counselling at Loyola University Maryland. He is also the founding editor of
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, the official journal of Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association.
Andrew Village, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Practical and Empirical Theology at York St John University, UK. He holds doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Bristol. His research interests include psychology and religion and empirical hermeneutics.
The contributors are: John K. Anarfi, Alexandra M. Anderson, Ana Luiza Vilela Borges, Gina M. Brelsford, Marian Burchardt, Zhuo Chen, Leslie J. Francis , Megan E. Fulmer, Luke Gahan, Shiva Geranmayepour, Nima Ghorbani, Angela A. Gyasi-Gyamerah, Marissa A. Harrison, Lynne Hillier, Luiza Akiko Komura Hoga, Tiffany Jones, Elizabeth A. Maynard, Eduardo Ocampo, Sarah-Jane Page, Priscilla Evelyn Penteado, Alexandria Heysquierdo Posada, Mandy Robbins, Juliana Reale Caçapava Rodolpho, Michael W. Ross, P. J. Watson, Xu Xu, George Yancey, Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip.