...the latest findings, best methods and newest ideas in the scientific study of religion.
ARDA Guiding Papers Series

Intimate Knowledge as a Concept for Further Research in Studies of Religion

by Robert Wuthnow


In this original paper for the Guiding Paper Series, Robert Wuthnow discusses the concept of intimate knowledge and suggests ways in which the social management of such knowledge poses interesting possibilities for new research in five broad areas: individual spirituality and religious congregations, and more briefly, social networks, morality, and public space.

[Download complete paper in PDF format]


Please use the following when citing this paper:

Wuthnow, Robert. 2010. Intimate Knowledge as a Concept for Further Research in Studies of Religion (ARDA Guiding Paper Series). State College, PA: The Association of Religion Data Archives at The Pennsylvania State University, from http://www.thearda.com/rrh/papers/guidingpapers.asp.

Robert Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Sociology, Director of the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion, and Chair of the Princeton Department of Sociology. He has written numerous highly influential books on religion. His latest book is After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion (2010).