Synthesizing Empirical Findings and Theory in the Scientific Study of Religion
Connor Wood: The project will generate at least two major review papers for peer-reviewed publication (plus a lot of blog posts). Review papers are articles that scientists publish where they don’t report any new data or results. Instead, they gather together a whole slew of already existing research reports and papers, synthesize their findings, and produce a new theoretical framework or identify problems in the literature. In the review papers I plan to write for the SEFT Project, I’ll survey and compare findings and suggest new hypotheses about some key questions in the scientific study of religion. The hope is that this work will help the field get clearer about some of its core questions, by delineating exactly what different researchers are predicting and what their findings tell us.