NOTES AND REFLECTIONS ON THE ARTICLE Anthony J

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Anthony J. Blasi, 1998, "Professional Ethics , Encyclopedia of Religion and Society , William H. Swatos, Jr., ed., Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, pp. 168-170. According to Blasi, social scientists and others who study religion (religionists) have no special code of ethics of their own regarding religious studies. Instead, the corresponding academic disciplines each have their own code of professional ethics. Nevertheless, Blasi notes that the study of religion raises some special ethical concerns, issues, and questions. Blasi points out that there may be an ethical conflict or dilemma between the norms of the researcher's society and beliefs, those of the society and religion under study, and/or those of the researcher's profession. According to Blasi, the researcher has an ethical duty to respect the norms of the society and religion under study, but also to be critical as a scientist and/or scholar. I would think that being critical as a professional should include criticism on how other people and institutions mistreat and even violate the freedom of religion and human rights of members of a particular religion, such as the case of conflicts over the sacred sites of Native Americans (see the video "In the Light of Reverence"). Blasi (p. 168) asserts that: "Activities of social scientists who study religion are often value-relevant.
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