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The Scientific Study of Religion? You Must Be Joking!

Eileen Barker
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 34, No. 3 (Sep., 1995), pp. 287-310
DOI: 10.2307/1386880
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386880
Page Count: 24
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The Scientific Study of Religion? You Must Be Joking!
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Abstract

Those who aspire to engage in the scientific study of religion may, in the course of their research, affect the data that they are studying. The paper examines some ways the study of new religions can result in the researcher's "making a difference" for both methodological and ethical or political reasons. A comparison is drawn between the interests of the social scientist and those of the new religions, the anticult movement, the media, the law, and therapists. Finally, it discusses some potential effects on the meta-values of science that may arise out of involvement in the market of competing accounts of new religions.

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