Emotions Research and Religious Experience

Robert C. Roberts

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195170214
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199892150 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Emotions Research and Religious Experience

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Inquiry aims at information, understanding, and insight. Research is inquiry that is methodologically self-conscious, systematic, and sustained, and focused on particular well-formulated questions. As such, research strategies are highly specific to subject matter. This article clarifies the concept of research into religious emotions and presents examples that illustrate the ways religious emotions can be investigated. It proposes a conception of research in this field and comments on the value and limits of the various kinds of research and their relations to one another. In addition to emotions, objects of research include behavior, physiological emotions, culture and history, and normative religious emotions.

Keywords: research; behavior; religious emotions; physiological emotions; culture; history; normative religious emotions

Article.  7647 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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