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Religions 2016, 7(4), 39;

A Commentary on Michael King. “The Challenge of Research into Religion and Spirituality.” Journal for the Study of Spirituality 4 (2014): 106–20

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin D02 T283, Ireland
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Health, School of Nursing Lisbon, The Institute of Health Sciences, The Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon 1649-023, Portugal
Health Care Chaplain, Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co. Kerry V92, Ireland
Nursing Department, School of Health and Welfare, Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Athens, Egaleo 12210, Greece
Duke University Medical Center; Department of Medicine, Durham, NC 27710, USA
Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
Department of Public Health, Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan 750004, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Antonio Muñoz García
Received: 21 January 2016 / Revised: 12 March 2016 / Accepted: 28 March 2016 / Published: 12 April 2016
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King’s publication based on a key note presentation at the 2014 British Association of the Study of Spirituality (BASS) conference, a well written and thought provoking paper, leads us to consider the contribution of this critique of spirituality research to contemporary debates on the topic The views expressed within the paper are important and foster debate about the validity of research in the field of spirituality and religion. However, at the same time, this debate is reminiscent of the negative responses sometimes expressed about research publications in this field. At the same time, it must be recognised that there is a view held that there is an extra yard stick required for researchers in this field, who can be subjected to much higher standards and expectations than other researchers simply because of the topic and the deep seated conflicting views that advocates and critics hold. This paper considers the merits and challenges of this paper in light of this. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; religion; evidence-based practice spirituality; religion; evidence-based practice
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Timmins, F.; Caldeira, S.; Naughton, M.T.; Plakas, S.; Koenig, H.G. A Commentary on Michael King. “The Challenge of Research into Religion and Spirituality.” Journal for the Study of Spirituality 4 (2014): 106–20. Religions 2016, 7, 39.

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