The Psychology Of Religion / Edition 1

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Theory in the psychology of religion is in a state of rapid development, and the present volume demonstrates how various positions in this field may be translated into original foundational work that will in turn encourage exploration in many directions. A number of new contributions are collected with previously published pieces to illustrate the diversity of prominent theoreticians' thinking on topics pertinent to the psychology of religion. These essays span the primary theoretical and research traditions in mainstream psychology: motivational, social, cognitive, clinical, personality, and developmental frameworks. Each section concludes with an extensive commentary. This book is a valuable addition to courses in psychology and religious studies. It also will appeal to those professionals and lay audiences interested in how this field is evolving.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813329475
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Spilka is professor of psychology at the University of Denver and the coeditor or coauthor of several books including Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach, Second Edition. Daniel N. McIntosh is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Denver. Bernard Spilka is professor of psychology at the University of Denver and the coeditor or coauthor of several books including Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach, Second Edition. Daniel N. McIntosh is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Denver.
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Table of Contents

1 An Agenda Item for Psychology of Religion: Getting Respect 3
2 Toward Motivational Theories of Intrinsic Religious Commitment 11
Commentary: Where We Are and Where We Should Go 23
3 Toward a Theory of Religion: Religious Commitment 27
4 In Times of Stress: The Religion-Coping Connection 43
5 Proposed Agenda for a Spiritual Strategy in Personality and Psychotherapy 54
Commentary: Why Religion? Functions of Religious Belief and Behavior 67
6 An Integrated Role Theory for the Psychology of Religion: Concepts and Perspectives 73
7 Religion and Moral Evaluation Discrepancy Theory 86
Commentary: Social Concerns 92
8 The Origins of Religion in the Child 97
9 Integrating Differing Theories: The Case of Religious Development 105
10 An Attachment-Theory Approach to the Psychology of Religion 114
Commentary: Development of Individual Religion 134
11 Attribution Theory and the Psychology of Religion 139
12 A General Attribution Theory for the Psychology of Religion 153
13 Religion-as-Schema, with Implications for the Relation Between Religion and Coping 171
14 Toward an Attitude Process Model of Religious Experience 184
15 In the Eye of the Beholder: A Social-Cognitive Model of Religious Belief 194
Commentary: Believing Is Seeing - How Religion Shapes Our World 204
16 A Taxonomy of Religious Experience 209
17 The Empirical Study of Mysticism 222
Commentary: The Experience of Religion 233
References 235
About the Book 269
About the Editors and Contributors 271
Index 273
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