Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

Living Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Method in Psychology and Religion

  • Christos Orfanidis
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_423-4

From the emergence of the scientific study of religion, we observe the already matured social sciences, including psychology, acting as continuous sources of inspiration and guidance on the ways religious behavior can be studied. Although it seems like psychology and religious studies have generally followed distinctive courses of inquiry, their strong intersections result in many synergies. These synergies have added even more to the already existing plurality of methods in both fields. As a result, the search for the most appropriate method(s) for the concentrating point of inquiry renders the methodological architecture a very delicate craft (Slife and Melling 2012).

This entry could not have included a thorough analysis or even a list of every method used in research on psychology and religion. Instead, it constitutes a theoretical panorama of methodological prospects, issues, and potentialities of tested methods and current trends, providing a concise overview of different...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada