A commentary on Michael King. “The challenge of research into religion and spirituality.” Journal for the Study of Spirituality 4 (2014): 106–20

Fiona Timmins*, Sílvia Caldeira, Margaret Theresa Naughton, Sotirios Plakas, Harold G. Koenig

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Abstract

King’s publication based on a key note presentation at the 2014 British Association of the Study of Spirituality (BASS) conference, a well written and thought provoking paper, leads us to consider the contribution of this critique of spirituality research to contemporary debates on the topic The views expressed within the paper are important and foster debate about the validity of research in the field of spirituality and religion. However, at the same time, this debate is reminiscent of the negative responses sometimes expressed about research publications in this field. At the same time, it must be recognised that there is a view held that there is an extra yard stick required for researchers in this field, who can be subjected to much higher standards and expectations than other researchers simply because of the topic and the deep seated conflicting views that advocates and critics hold. This paper considers the merits and challenges of this paper in light of this.
Original languageEnglish
Article number39
Number of pages7
JournalReligions
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Spirituality
  • Religion
  • Evidence-based practice

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