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date: 17 January 2021

Experimentation in the Study of Religion and Politics 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion
Paul A. DjupePaul A. Djupe, Amy Erica SmithAmy Erica Smith

In almost every corner of the world’s politics, one feels the robust presence of religion. As citizens display their religious identities and expound religious arguments, bystanders within the public sphere are almost inevitably exposed to a dizzying variety of religious stimuli, which in turn activate and perhaps influence the bystanders’ own religious beliefs, values, and arguments. In fact, the public square engages and affects so many facets of religion that it is often difficult to make sense of it all. And trying to tell tales from empirical observations opens research up to countless counternarratives that are challenging to sort through. There are strong reasons to turn to experimentation.... ...

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