Research Methods in the Sociology of Religion

A research method indicates a way to produce empirical findings that may support a scientific claim about a research problem. The method serves as a warrant for the validity of the concluding claim of the study. The choice of a method depends on the problem. Some questions point to quantitative methods: how often, how many, how much, and so forth. Other questions point the use of qualitative methods: What the problem signifies and how it should be interpreted.

Sociology of religion applies methods developed by the general social sciences: sociology, anthropology, social psychology, marketing, and political science. These methods allow studying religion in its social context. Religion refers to an instance that is beyond human comprehension and the logic of everyday life. Religion is a multidimensional ...

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