Psychology and Religion: Classical Theorists and Contemporary Developments / Edition 4by Andrew R. Fuller
Pub. Date: 11/27/2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
This book articulates a broad range of theoretical viewpoints, both classical and contemporary, in the field of the psychology of religion. Chapters One through Eight are overviews of such 'classical' theorists as William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow, Alan Watts, Erich Fromm, and Viktor Frankl. Chapters Nine through Twelve
This book articulates a broad range of theoretical viewpoints, both classical and contemporary, in the field of the psychology of religion. Chapters One through Eight are overviews of such 'classical' theorists as William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow, Alan Watts, Erich Fromm, and Viktor Frankl. Chapters Nine through Twelve consider subsequent developments in the field, e.g., the views of object relations theorists on the God-image; empirical research on the scaling of religiousness; and modern consciousness research. Chapters Ten through Twelve are new to this edition and comprise an eclectic overview of the feminist psychology of religion, recent developments in the intersection of neuroscience and religion, and the evolutionary psychology of religion. Both wide-ranging and current, therefore, this book offers illuminating and in-depth coverage of major theorists and approaches. While its breadth makes it an excellent place to begin an exploration of the psychology of religion, its depth and detail provide the opportunity for a serious and rewarding immersion in the field.
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Table of Contents
William James 1
Sigmund Freud 31
Carl Jung 65
Gordon Allport 105
Abraham Maslow 127
Alan Watts 167
Erich Fromm 195
Viktor Frankl 223
Feminist Psychology of Religion 277
Neuroscience and Religion 301
The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion 331
About the Author 369
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Put quite simply, this is the worst book I have ever had the painful experience of enduring.
This book, while grammatically correct, has the worst sentence structure and syntax I have ever seen. Meant to be a book to teach and instruct, it turns out to be a book that is infuriating, frustrating, and irritating. The author does an absolutely abysmal job of conveying meanings and interpretations of the original psychologists. He convolutes, overstates, and ruins any useful ideas by turning them into his own pompous and over written babbling.
I truly believe that this author was far more concerned with spouting his terrible ideas and awful language than he ever was about teaching anything. I am quite sure that this self-important, arrogant professor brags constantly at dinner parties about his book deal, and how he was published. Likely, all the while, oblivious to the fact that he has done a serious disservice to society and students with the monstrosity of convolute garbage.
Throughout the period I had to read this book, I found myself yearning for a even a 5 minute break to return to organic chemistry text. I would, quite literally, rather press tacks into my skin than read this abomination. I know I not alone in these feelings either, having found similar viewpoints from all of my fellow classmates.
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