New Book: The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Theology and Qualitative Research

A unique introduction to the developing field of Theology and Qualitative Research. The book includes a chapter from Elisabeth Tveito Johnsen.

About the book

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Theology and Qualitative Research, book coverIn recent years, a growing number of scholars within the field of theological research have adopted qualitative empirical methods. The use of qualitative research is shaping the nature of theology and redefining what it means to be a theologian. Hence, contemporary scholars who are undertaking empirical fieldwork across a range of theological subdisciplines require authoritative guidance and well-developed frameworks of practice and theory.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Theology and Qualitative Research outlines the challenges and possibilities for theological research that engages with qualitative methods. It reflects more than 15 years of academic research within the Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network, and features an international group of scholars committed to the empirical and theological study of the Christian church.

Edited by world-renowned experts, this unprecedented volume addresses the theological debates, methodological complexities, and future directions of this emerging field. Contributions from both established and emerging scholars describe key theoretical approaches, discuss how different empirical methods are used within theology, explore the links between qualitative researchand adjacent scholarly traditions, and more. The companion:

  • Discusses how qualitative empirical work changes the practice of theology, enabling a disciplined attention to the lived social realities of Christian religion and what theologians do
  • Introduces theoretical and methodological debates in the field, as well as central epistemological and ontological questions
  • Presents different approaches to Theology and Qualitative research, highlighting important issues and developments in the last decades
  • Explores how empirical insights are shaping areas such as liturgics, homiletics, youth ministry, and Christian education
  • Includes perspectives from scholars working in disciplines other than theology

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Theology and Qualitative Research is essential reading for graduate students, postgraduates, PhD students, researchers, and scholars in Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Contemporary Worship, and related disciplines such as Ecclesiology, Mission Studies, World Christianity, Pastoral Theology, Political Theology, Worship Studies, and all forms of contextual theology.

Includes a chapter from Elisabeth Tveito Johnsen.

You can find more information about this book on Wiley-VCH webpage.


Pete Ward, Knut Tveitereid

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