Bringing Big Data to Religious History

The world’s first qualitative and quantitative encyclopedia of religious history populated primarily by experts brings a big data approach to religion. Users can analyze answers to specific questions within certain date ranges and geographical areas, correlate answers with other types of data (like climate, economic, or political data), or visualize data in a variety of ways to analyze large scale patterns in the historical record. Edward Slingerland hopes the database will serve the common good by helping governments make better laws based on a heightened understanding of religion’s role in society and human conflict.

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