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This front matter section of the book on Empirical theology in texts and tables: qualitative, quantitative, and comparative perspectives contains preface and introduction. The aim of this introductory chapter is to showcase empirical theologians at work, and to do so by displaying 16 of the wide-ranging contributions offered to the conference of the International Society for Empirical Theology at Bangor University, Wales, during 2006. On theoretical perspectives, Jaco S. Dreyer discusses establishing truth from participation and distanciation in empirical theology, and Hans Schilderman discusses further the problem of truth and method in empirical theology. On qualitative perspectives, Friedrich Schweitzer presents an empirical study from Germany concerning adolescents views of denominational identities and of dialogical religious education. On quantitative perspectives, Stefan Huber and Constantin Klein examine the degree to which traditional denominational doctrines influence the personal beliefs of Christians today.

Keywords: empirical theology; Germany; International Society; qualitative perspectives; quantitative perspectives; traditional denominational doctrines



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