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date: 28 February 2021

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Inquiry aims at information, understanding, and insight. Research is inquiry that is methodologically self-conscious, systematic, and sustained, and focused on particular well-formulated questions. As such, research strategies are highly specific to subject matter. This article clarifies the concept of research into religious emotions and presents examples that illustrate the ways religious emotions can be investigated. It proposes a conception of research in this field and comments on the value and limits of the various kinds of research and their relations to one another. In addition to emotions, objects of research include behavior, physiological emotions, culture and history, and normative religious emotions.

Keywords: research, behavior, religious emotions, physiological emotions, culture, history, normative religious emotions

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