Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) publishes reports of innovative studies that pertain empirically or theoretically to the scientific study of religion, including spirituality, regardless of their academic discipline or professional orientation. It is academically eclectic, not restricted to any one particular theoretical orientation or research method. Most articles report the findings of quantitative or qualitative investigations, but some deal with methodology, theory, or applications of social science studies in the field of religion.
Ralph L. Piedmont is Psychologist at the Department of Pastoral Counseling, Loyola College in Maryland, Columbia, USA. One of his publications is
The Revised NEO Personality Inventory: Clinical and Research Applications (Plenum Press, 1998).
David O. Moberg is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He has been the co-editor of
RSSR since its start in 1986.
Table of contents
Cognitive Preconditions for Religious Development - K. Helmut Reich Age Differences in Relationships Between Spirituality and Social Ethics - David O. Moberg Love Thy Neighbor: Spirituality and Personality as Predictors of Prosocial Behavior in Men and Women - Joseph W. Ciarrocchi, Ralph L. Piedmont, and Joseph E. G. Williams Women’s Response to Terrorism: The Stability of Psychological Hope and Theological Hope - Valerie Lester Leyva, Joanne M. Greer, James J. Buckley, and Anthony F. Krisak Living Without the Clerical Persona: Lie Scale Scores Among Male Evangelical Clergy - Leslie J. Francis Intracongregational Church Conflict: A Comparison of Monoracial and Multiracial Churches - George Yancey and Michael Emerson Church Commitment and Some Consequences in Western and Central Europe - Jaak Billiet, Karel Dobbelaere, Ole Riis, Helena Vilaça, Liliane Voyé and Jerry Welkenhuysen-Gybels Religious Beliefs in Europe: Factors of Accelerated Decline - Mattei Dogan Mission Studies: Both Mine and Minefield for the Social Sciences - Robert L. Montgomery Transnational Factors Affecting the Study of Religion and Spirituality - Gary D. Bouma Militant Religion and the Crisis of Modernity: A New Paradigm - Mervyn F. Bendle Structural (“Objective”) Hermeneutics and the Sociology of Religion - Ines W. Jindra and Michael Jindra A Content Analysis of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion from 1997 to 2001: Where We Have Been and Where We Hope to Go - Gabriel S. Dy-Liacco, Ralph L. Piedmont, Mark M. Leach, and Robert W. Nelson
Researchers, scholars, teachers, religious leaders, and graduate and professional students in the social and behavioral sciences, religion, and theology who include attention to the scientific investigation of religion and spirituality.