Probably empirical methods in theology find related research fields which can complement and provide inputs to a closer theological application. Some suggestions are:

  • Religious coping studies, which have matured in the last 20 years and offers a considerable amount of relevant data.
  • The new scientific study of religion, both in its cognitive and its biological-evolutionary strands, and providing new insights to better understand religious faith and behaviour.
  • Studies on beliefs and believing process, and the emotional and social implications.
  • Studies on cultural evolution, that help to reframe religious process of evolution and adaptation.
  • And obviously all the abundant tradition in sociology and psychology of religion, with their many developments and interesting data and theories that help to deepen theological arguments.