The 30th volume of
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion consists of two special sections, as well as two separate empirical studies on attachment and daily spiritual practices. The first special section deals with the social scientific study of religion in Indonesia. Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country whose history and contemporary involvement in the study of religion is explored from both sociological and psychological perspectives. The second special section is on the Pope Francis effect: the challenges of modernization in the Catholic church and the global impact of Pope Francis. While its focus is mainly on the Catholic religion, the internal dynamics and geopolitics explored apply more broadly.
Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Ph.D. (1968), University of Nevada, Reno, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as well as Leroy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Sudies and UT Alumni Distinguished Professor. A former president of Division 36 of the APA, he is author of numerous books in the psychology of religion.
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Ph.D. (2010), University of Gloucestershire, is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University where she also leads the Faith and Peaceful Relations group. She is a Feminist Sociologist of Religion. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of religion or belief in modern Britain, with particular emphasis on Islam.
All interested in the scientific study of religion in the east, especially those who are concerned with Indonesian studies.