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Reflective Comparison In Religious Research

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This chapter discerns two distinct approaches to religious research: a narrow and a broad one. The broad approach aims at producing knowledge about religions, but in addition it seeks to clarify and promote the contribution of these religions to 'a good life' for individuals and communities in the societies of which the religions form a part. The chapter adopts the second, broader approach, the dominant one in the American Academy of Religion, and the author do so from a cognitive paradigm. It deals with the following themes: goals of religious research, object of religious research, general aspects and specific aspects-relation between insider and outsider perspectives in which religious research is conducted, the principle of comparison, and finally, the normative implications at issue, especially human rights.

Keywords: cognitive paradigm; human rights; religious research

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