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


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© 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. 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.

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Cited Authors

  • Timmins, F; Caldeira, S; Naughton, MT; Plakas, S; Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • April 12, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 4

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2077-1444

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/rel7040039

Citation Source

  • Scopus