Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective: The Contributions of Paul W. Pruyser

Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective: The Contributions of Paul W. Pruyser

by Paul W. Pruyser
     
 

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In this volume, Newton Maloney and Bernard Spilka, two leading practitioners in the field, present a compilation of Pruyser's seminal articles, providing an overview of the major themes in Pruyser's thought and demonstrating its range and depth. The essays here show how he viewed contemporary religion and religious beliefs; some of the functions of religion relative…  See more details below

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In this volume, Newton Maloney and Bernard Spilka, two leading practitioners in the field, present a compilation of Pruyser's seminal articles, providing an overview of the major themes in Pruyser's thought and demonstrating its range and depth. The essays here show how he viewed contemporary religion and religious beliefs; some of the functions of religion relative to praxis and theology; what method in the study of religion meant to him; his central interest in the origins of religion; and his idea on what the future of the psychology of religion should be.

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"A welcome addition to the literature on psychoanalysis and religion. Pruyser would have to be ranked among the major contributors to the dialogue between religion and psychology in our time."—Theological Studies

"A most valuable insight into psychological aspects of religious experience and religious function, and future prospects for the psychological study of religion."—Church Times

"His chief contribution in these essays is to be found in his exposition of the pertinence of psychoanalysis to a critical review of religious phenomena. This is no small achievement, because the ignorance of psychoanalysts on matters of religion is only equalled by the ignorance of psychoanalysis on the part of the faithful. Both might profit from Pruyser's conscientious inquiries."—Psychoanalytic Quarterly

"Dr. Pruyser was one of the foremost contemporary contributors to the psychology of religion; and clinical psychologist that he was, his work was of interest far beyond the relatively small circle of persons actively interested in the psychology of religion. This collection of papers will certainly have immediate appeal to a variety of audiences."—David Wulff, Wheaton College

"Simply put, there is no person who was held in more esteem in the psychodynamic study of religion than Paul Pruyser. His work is of immense and continuing importance."—Ralph Hood, University of Tennessee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195062342
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1991
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.97(d)

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Fuller Theological Seminary

University of Denver

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