About the Editorial Advisory Board
SHERM journal is a division of the non-profit organization, FaithX Project (a religiously affiliated institute), and therefore, receives endowments from FaithX to maintain a significant presence within academia and the broader faith community. Nonetheless, the journal is overseen by an independent, religiously unaffiliated Editorial Advisory Board to ensure the content of the published articles meet stringent standards of critical scholarship uninfluenced by theological or ideological allegiances.
Darren M. Slade, MATS, MDiv (Rawlings School of Divinity)
Peter Antoci, Ph.D. (Catholic University of America)
Robert Gregory Cavin, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)
Mike Clawson, Ph.D. (Baylor University)
Carlos Colombetti, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)
Evan Fales, Ph.D. (Temple University)
Ken Howard, M.Div., M.Ed. (Virginia Theological Seminary)
Mark A. Moore, Ph.D. (Liberty University)
Book Review Editors
Amy Beth Rell, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
Robert R. Stains, Jr., M.Ed. (Northeastern University)
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Mission and Purpose
The purpose of SHERM is to provide a scholarly medium for the social-scientific study of religion where specialists can publish advanced studies on religious trends, theologies, rituals, philosophies, socio-political influences, or experimental-applied ministry research in the hopes of generating enthusiasm for the vocational and academic study of religion while fostering collegiality among religious specialists. Its mission is to provide academics, professionals, and nonspecialists with critical reflections and evidence-based insights into the socio-historical study of religion and, where appropriate, its implications for ministry and expressions of religiosity.
Social Science Research:
- Religious History
- Historical Theology
- Historical Jesus
- Psychology of Religion
- Sociology of Religion
- Anthropology of Religion
- Philosophy of Religion
- Religious Trends and Demographics
- Issues in Contemporary Theology
- Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary Christian Literature
- Patristic, Medieval, and Contemporary Exegesis
- Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Writings
- Ancient Israelite Religion and Second Temple Judaism
- History and Literature of Contemporary Judaism
- Hebrew Bible
- New Testament
- Textual Criticism
- Islamic Studies
- Mormon Studies
- Native American Religion
- Hinduism, Buddhism, and Other World Religions
- Historical and Contemporary Religious Revivals and Sects
- New Religious Movements (Cults)
- General Religious Studies
Interested in Joining the Board?
SHERM is currently accepting applications from qualified academics in the fields of religion and ministry to join the Editorial Advisory Board. If you have the credentials, training, and knowledge necessary to contribute to the high scholastic standards of SHERM, please contact the editor for more information.
Responsibilities of the Board
As religious specialists in SHERM’s various fields of study, the Editorial Advisory Board is responsible for promoting and maintaining the high academic values and integrity of the SHERM journal. In addition to peer-reviewing manuscript submissions, as well as attracting new authors and new board members, the Advisory Board also provides guidance on journal policies, advertising, publication themes, conferences, publishers, academic societies, and other scholastic measures necessary for the overall growth and stature of the journal.
SHERM believes in contributing to and advancing the academic analysis of religion in all its varied forms, including the social scientific study of religion, religious philosophy, religious history, and theology. Being an academic journal, however, entails certain assumptions (or lack thereof), ethical and pedagogical principles, and scholarly practices. Therefore, the SHERM journal and its Board strive to uphold and promote the most stringent of academic ideals.
In partnership with the FaithX Project, SHERM is a full, no-fee, open access academic journal, which means it publishes and publicly makes available your research without charging subscription dues or publishing fees. Whereas other open access journals still require authors to pay for making their publications available, SHERM believes in making high-quality scholarship accessible to the public while promoting the wide dissemination and visibility of your published article free of charge. This means that authors will never be asked for money to publish their research with SHERM. There are a significant number of “predatory” publishing companies that attempt to take advantage of scholars and their research by charging fees; we are not one of them. Instead of intending to make a profit, our goal is simply to increase the opportunity for erudite academicians to publish their work, gain a larger readership outside the confines of conventional journals, and receive citations from future researchers. For more details on how SHERM promotes and disseminates your academic research, see the Benefits of Publishing with SHERM.
For the ministerial part of the journal, researchers can utilize social-scientific research (demographic trends, issues in psychology or sociology, etc.) or studies in the evolution of religious belief systems (e.g. the impact of deconstructionism on the phenomenological philosophy of religion) and apply those insights to a vocational setting as it relates to congregational life and ministry programs. As an example, researchers might implement an experimental study with a particular church or synagogue involving a new way to deal with racial inequality or sexual abuse issues in society as it pertains to religious practices. The researchers could then report their findings in our ministry section of the journal. Or researchers might present different ways to accommodate societal changes in philosophies, belief systems, or approaches to religiosity and how those changes are likely to influence future congregational characteristics. The following are potential areas of study:
- Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary Ministry Practices
- Experimental Faith Communities
- Ecclesiastical Trends and Issues
- Economic, Political, Social, and Ecological Issues in Ministry
- Ethical, Racial, Sexual, and Gender Issues in Ministry
Because SHERM specializes in the academic study of religion (particularly the social-scientific study of religion) and the resultant consequences for vocational ministry research, the journal will prioritize articles that employ sociological, psychological, and historiographical methodologies in the formation of theological, philosophical, ecclesial, or missiological analyses.