A critique from within: some important research issues that psychologists of religion and spirituality should further work on

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Abstract

Operating from a perspective of an empirical psychologist of religion and spirituality, in this paper, I point to some areas of improvement in our field. Specifically, I (1) briefly target the lack of consensus in defining religion and spirituality; (2) point to the need for answering the crucial question: How unique is religion? (3) tackle the Western/Christian bias of the field; and (4) address three fundamental methodological issues (generalisability, self-report, and cross-sectional design) and their implications for research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-551
Number of pages8
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Christian bias
  • Psychology of religion
  • critique

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