Psychology and Religion: Classical Theorists and Contemporary Developments / Edition 4

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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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Editorial Reviews

David M. Wulff
In this new edition, Andrew Fuller expands his original, meticulous digest of the views of a handful of classic psychologists of religion by expounding upon the research and reflections of a number of scholars whose work still lies on the periphery of the psychology of religion. Incorporated in detail are feminist perspectives, including the views of Mary Daly and Carol Gilligan; neurophenomenology and its return to subjective experience; and the writings of Manes Austin on meditation, Pascal Boyer on the origins and function of religion, and Daniel Dennett on religion as memes. These are most certainly perspectives of which students of the psychology of religion should be knowledgeable.
Michael Nielsen
Like his earlier editions, this Fourth Edition of Psychology & Religion is a fine introduction to the classic perspectives that make the psychology of religion a fascinating subject. With the addition of recent developments in feminist psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology, this edition gives readers a rich and well-rounded view of the many theoretical perspectives that psychologists have used to understand religious thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742560222
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 918,249
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew R. Fuller, Ph.D. is professor emeritus at The College of Staten Island, The City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
William James     1
Sigmund Freud     31
Carl Jung     65
Gordon Allport     105
Abraham Maslow     127
Alan Watts     167
Erich Fromm     195
Viktor Frankl     223
Developments     251
Feminist Psychology of Religion     277
Neuroscience and Religion     301
The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion     331
Index     353
About the Author     369
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2009

    A convoluted abomination that is painful to read.

    Put quite simply, this is the worst book I have ever had the painful experience of enduring. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/>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. <BR/>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. <BR/> <BR/>Do anything and everything you can to avoid this abomination.

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