Emotions and Spirituality in Religions and Spiritual Movements

Emotions and Spirituality in Religions and Spiritual Movements

by Erika Wilson


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Applying recent psychological and neuropsychological studies of emotions, Erika Wilson explores the role of emotions in major Eastern, Western, and primal religions, as well as in some contemporary spiritual movements. The book tries to answer the following questions: What kinds of emotions and spiritual experiences arise in individuals and groups during prayer, conversions, rituals, meditations, and other spiritual practices? Which positive emotions are valued most in a particular religion or spiritual movement? How do these attitudes relate to their respective historical context? And finally, how does each religious or spiritual teaching recommend handling negative emotions?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761859505
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 07/19/2012
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Erika Wilson was born in Germany and emigrated to the US. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971 and her second Ph.D. in comparative religious studies from the University of Southern California in 1979. She has taught in the California State University System since 1963, and, for the past nine years, at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Among other publications, she is the author of Religion in All Dimensions, 3d ed. (1998) and Healing and Well-Being in the Religions of the World (1996).

Table of Contents



Chapter 1:
Emotions and Spirituality in the Religions of the World

Chapter 2:
The Divine, the Self, Soul, Emotions, Consciousness, and the Spiritual Journey in Religions, Spiritual Movements, the Social Sciences, and the Neurosciences

Chapter 3:
Spiritual Experiences, Spiritual Disciplines, Emotions, and the Sciences

Chapter 4:
Emotions, Symbols, Sacred Writings, Prayer, Rituals, Spiritual Disciplines, and Spiritual Experiences

Chapter 5:
Positive and Negative Emotions, Free Will, Conversions, Conscience, Ethics, and Social Activism in Religions and Spiritual Movements

Chapter 6:
Negative Emotions, Evil, Suffering, Prejudice, Violence, War, and Peace in Religions and Spiritual Movements

Chapter 7:
Emotions and Spirituality in Primal Religions

Chapter 8:
Emotions and Spirituality in Eastern Religions

Chapter 9:
Emotions and Spirituality in Western Religions

Chapter 10:
Emotions and Emotional Issues in Religions and Spiritual Movements-Some Conclusions


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