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Difficult Normativity

Normative Dimensions in Research on Religion and Theology

Jan-Olav Henriksen

Research is directed by normative standards which need to be transparent in order to secure the quality of the scholarly discussion. The aim of this book is to contribute to such transparency in relation to research on religion and theology representing a combination of empirical and normative claims themselves. What does this combination of empirical and normative claims imply for the normative standards of research? The contributions in this volume discuss different normative dimensions in contemporary research on religion and theology. Presenting articles from systematic theology, practical theology, sociology of religion, ethics, religious studies and missiology it covers a wide range of issues that are relevant for PhD students of theology and religious studies as well as for others who are involved in research on these topics.
Contents: Jan-Olav Henriksen: Introduction – Jan-Olav Henriksen: Normative dimensions in empirical research on religion, values and society – Ulla Schmidt: Empirical research and theological normativity – Paul Leer-Salvesen: Normative evaluations in theological ethics – Harald Hegstad: Normativity and empirical data in practical theology – Ingvild Sælid Gilhus: The non-confessional study of religion and its normative dimensions – Ole Riis: Normativity in empirical social studies – Kari Storstein Haug: Cultural empirical studies and normativity: A case from missiology.