Preface ... xi Introduction ... xiii Chapter One Establishing Truth from Participation and Distanciation in Empirical Theology ... 3 Jaco S. Dreyer Chapter Two Truth and Method in Empirical Theology ... 27 Hans Schilderman Chapter Three Religious Identity in Comparative Research ... 41 Johannes A. van der Ven Chapter Four Epistemological Reflections on the Connection between Ideas and Data in Empirical Research into Religion ... 73 Chris A.M. Hermans Chapter Five Towards a Generic Model of Religious Ritual ... 101 Hans Schilderman Chapter Six Comparative Empirical Research in Religion: Conceptual and Operational Challenges within Empirical Theology ... 127 Leslie J. Francis Chapter Seven Adolescents' Views of Denominational Identities and of Dialogical Religious Education: An Empirical Study from Germany ... 155 Friedrich Schweitzer Chapter Eight Ordinary Soteriology: A Qualitative Study ... 177 Ann Christie and Jeff Astley Chapter Nine Narrative Competence and the Meaning of Life: Measuring the Quality of Life Stories in a Project on Care for the Elderly ... 197 Thijs Tromp and R. Ruard Ganzevoort Chapter Ten The Theological Case for Christian Schools in England and Wales: A Qualitative Perspective Listening to Female Alumnae ... 217 Tania ap Sion, Leslie J. Francis and Sylvia Baker Chapter Eleven Faith or Morality? `Theological Sediments' Depending on the Centrality, Content, and Social Context of Personal Religious Construct Systems ... 249 Stefan Huber and Constantin Klein Chapter Twelve Socialisation and Empirical-Theological Models of the Trinity: A Study among Theology Students in the United Kingdom ... 269 Mark J. Cartledge Chapter Thirteen Religious Socialisation in the Family: A Multi-dimensional and Multi-level Perspective ... 291 Sabine Zehnder Grob, Christoph Morgenthaler and Christoph Kappler Chapter Fourteen Apostolic Networks in Britain: Personality and Praxis ... 321 William K. Kay Chapter Fifteen Xenophobia and Religious Pluralism: An Empirical Study among Youth in Germany ... 339 Hans-Georg Ziebertz and Ulrich Riegel Chapter Sixteen A Church Divided by Theology and Practice: The Case of the Admission of Children to Communion in the Church in Wales ... 365 Keith Littler List of Contributors ... 387 Name index ... 393 Subject index ... 401
Leslie J Francis is Professor of Religions and Education within the University of Warwick. His original research concerning the connections between theology and the social sciences has been recognised by higher doctorates from the Universities of Oxford (DD), Cambridge (ScD) and Wales (DLitt). Mandy Robbins is Senior Research Fellow in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of Warwick. Jeff Astley is Directior of the ecumenical North of England Institute for Christian Education and Honorary Professorial Fellow in Practical Theology and Christian Education in the University of Durham, United Kingdom.