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Global Studies of Religiosity and Spirituality: A Systematic Review for Geographic and Topic Scopes

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
Religions 2020, 11(8), 399; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080399
Received: 2 June 2020 / Revised: 26 June 2020 / Accepted: 13 July 2020 / Published: 4 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Understandings of Religiosity and Generosity)
This paper advances the global study of religiosity by conducting a systematic review of the geographic scope, religious traditions, levels of analysis, and topics investigated within contemporary scientific studies of religion, paying particular attention to intersections with generosity. The analysis builds upon a meta-analysis of 30 years of scientific studies of religion that was published ten years ago and engages a similar framework to analyze the most recent ten years of research on religiosity and spirituality. Specifically, this analysis codes for the potential for Western-centrism, Christian-centrism, and congregational-centrism, all while attending to ways to study the potential intersection between religiosity and generosity, especially during the formative youth development life stage. Two data sources inform this analysis: the international data catalog of the Association for Religious Research Archives (ARDA) and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (JSSR). The results indicate that centrism remains, though perhaps to a lesser extent than in the previous decades, with the notable exception of a remaining inequality in the geographic scope. Implications for research are discussed, including practical implications to implementing a better geo-tagging process to more overtly identify the scope of data and make U.S. scope less implicit. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientific study of religion; Africa; Asia; Western-centrism; Christian-centrism; macro; meso; and micro-level studies; congregations; generosity; philanthropy; youth scientific study of religion; Africa; Asia; Western-centrism; Christian-centrism; macro; meso; and micro-level studies; congregations; generosity; philanthropy; youth
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Herzog, P.S. Global Studies of Religiosity and Spirituality: A Systematic Review for Geographic and Topic Scopes. Religions 2020, 11, 399. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080399

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