Special Issue "Religion, Spirituality, and Family Life"


A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Social Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Joanne E. Roberts
Hardin Simmons University, PO Box 16216, Abilene, Texas 79698, USA
Website: http://www.hsutx.edu/faculty-profile/cap/roberts-joanne
E-Mail: jroberts@hsutx.edu
Phone: 325-670-5863
Fax: 325-670-5865
Interests: family and religion; family rituals and traditions; racial/ethnic group relations

Guest Editor
Dr. Jeremy R. Rhodes
Hardin Simmons University, PO Box 16216, Abilene, Texas 79698, USA
Website: http://www.hsutx.edu/faculty-profile/cap/rhodes-jeremy
E-Mail: Jeremy.R.Rhodes@hsutx.edu
Phone: 325-670-1274
Fax: 325-670-5865
Interests: religion; political sociology; criminology & deviance; quantitative methodology; religious identity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The social sciences have been slow to embrace the significance of religion and spirituality in social life, and in particular, family life. During the last twenty years, many family researchers have directed their attention to the relationship between religion, spirituality, and family life, yet no discipline has dominated the field. As a result, the research has been multi-disciplinary and varied in its focus and content. The literature is growing but there remain gaps and inconsistencies in our understanding of the institutions, social structures, and social interactions that contribute to the relationship between religion, spirituality and family life. In addition, the meaning of basic terminology, such as religion and spirituality, continue to be debated and revised, and theoretical perspectives that specifically address the relationship between these variables are just beginning to emerge. Appropriate methodologies for studying religion, spirituality, and family life are being debated, and there is inadequate research (and sometimes no research at all) in many content areas. There remains much to be learned about the reciprocal nature of religion, spirituality, and family life. This special issue will bring together family and religion scholars from different fields who are contributing in significant ways to our knowledge of this topic. Scholars will address conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues and at the end of each article authors will conclude with how their work fits into the current field of family, religion, and spirituality and how others may contribute to this literature.

Prof. Dr. Joanne E Roberts
Dr. Jeremy R. Rhodes
Guest Editor


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  • religion
  • spirituality
  • prayer
  • family
  • marriage
  • methods
  • parenting and child
  • sanctification
  • relationship formation
  • relationship well-being

Published Papers (2 papers)

Religions 2014, 5(2), 402-421; doi:10.3390/rel5020402
Received: 3 December 2013; in revised form: 21 March 2014 / Accepted: 8 April 2014 / Published: 14 April 2014
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Religions 2014, 5(2), 385-401; doi:10.3390/rel5020385
Received: 20 December 2013; in revised form: 6 February 2014 / Accepted: 31 March 2014 / Published: 11 April 2014
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Last update: 28 May 2014

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