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October 2021

Scientist vs. believer?: On navigating between the scilla of scientific norms and the charybdis of personal experience

Journal/Book: J Psychol Theol. 2000; 28: 13800 Biola Avenue, Biola University, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001, USA. Rosemead School Psychology. 190-200.

Abstract: A clash exists between the established norms and rules for doing scientific research and the personal convictions and experiences of psychologists of religion. This complex issue is approached from a critical, hypothetical realist perspective with regard to epistemological concerns when approaching the topic of the transcendent. The impact of personal religious experience on the work of the clinician/researcher in the psychology of religion is explored; various perspectives on scientifically investigated religious phenomena seem most advantageous, as is present within research teams with diverse membership. In addition, the evolution of the philosophy of scientific knowledge is discussed in light of these topics. Finally, conclusions regarding the ideal attitudes and competencies of psychologists of religion are preferred.

Note: Article Reich KH, Univ Fribourg, Sch Educ, Rue Fanaigny 2, CH-1700 Fribourg, SWITZERLAND


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