Psychology, Religion and Spirituality / Edition 1

Psychology, Religion and Spirituality / Edition 1

by David Fontana
     
 

At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualize and practice religion at both personal and social levels.

Drawing on relevant research material, author David Fontana explores the effects of religious and spiritual belief on behavior, and on physical and

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Overview

At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualize and practice religion at both personal and social levels.

Drawing on relevant research material, author David Fontana explores the effects of religious and spiritual belief on behavior, and on physical and psychological health. He outlines the various approaches to religious and spiritual experience, and examines the different forms such experience takes. He looks at religious and spiritual practices, such as prayer, meditation and ritual, and links religion and spirituality to the major psychological theories. This reader-friendly book will be of interest to clergy, professional psychologists, and students and teachers of psychology and religion, as well as to the general public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405108058
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/09/2003
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.61(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Why the Psychology of Religion?.

2. Definitions and Meanings.

3. Introspection and Inner Experience.

4. Approaches to the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

5. Religious Beliefs and Practices.

6. Approaches to Spiritual Development.

7. Spirituality and the Brain.

8. The Origins of Religious Belief.

9. Religious Expression in Myth and the Creative Arts.

10. Varieties of Religious and Spiritual Experience.

11. Concepts of Self Soul and Brain.

12. Religion Health and Well-Being.

Conclusion.

References.

Index.

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