Psychology of religion is one of the rare fields in psychology where an interdisciplinary approach has been preserved. Psychohistory especially, understood as the systematic application of psychological knowledge in explorations of the past, has enjoyed substantial attention. Traditionally, the emphasis in such studies has been on biographical research. This volume attempts to broaden the horizon and to include studies of phenomena as well on a group or subcultural level. The volume contains chapters on such subjects as apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Belgium, attitudes towards suicide in seventeenth-century Sweden, the pillarization of Dutch Calvinists. There are also studies of famous individuals such as Hitler, Stalin, Freud, Van Gogh and J.H. Newman. Among the contributors are well-known authors like Donald Capps, Michael P. Carroll, William W. Meissner, Ana-Marìa Rizzuto and Antoine Vergote.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||International Series in the Psychology of Religion Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 2.70(d)|
Table of Contents
IntroductionJacob A. BELZEN: Religion as an object of empirical research – Psychohistory as exemplary interdisciplinary approachAntoon VERGOTE: Changing figures and the importance of demonic possession Biographical studiesDonald CAPPS: Sundén’s role-taking theory – The case of John Henry Newman and his mentorsWilliam W. MEISSNER: Belief in non-belief – The case of Vincent van GoghAna-María RIZZUTO: Freud’s disrupted idealizations, religious unbelief, and his collection of antiquitiesRichard A. HUTCH: Beyond the reach of a miracle – Hitler, Stalin, and the “great man”Group studiesArne JARRICK: To be or not to be ¼ human – On the psychological history of religious and existential attitudes towards suicideMichael P. CARROLL: The Penitentes of New Mexico and the meaning of disciplineJacob A. BELZEN: Religion and social order – Psychological factors in Dutch pillarization, especially among the CalvinistsJozef CORVELEYN: Folk religiosity or psychopathology? The case of the apparitions of the Virgin in Beauraing, Belgium, 1932-1933Notes on ContributorsAuthor Index