I’m developing some ideas for a science fiction story involving an alien culture. I need to design alien religions that are both plausible and alien. I have a theoretical framework that would allow me to combine various traits of religions in novel ways. In fact, using this framework one could (theoretically!) describe every possible religious belief system.
But. . .I don’t have the complete list of discrete attributes. If anyone has a background in the social sciences and would like to help me, please comment or send me a private message. I’d like to hear from anyone who knows of research already done in this area, or anyone who has ideas about how to do such research.
(I’m also well aware of the danger of this kind of research, to wit: if I invent a new, alien religion, soon it will start showing up in census data in the UK.)