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Psychology of Religion

Main, Roderick (2021) 'Psychology of Religion.' In: Segal, Robert A and Roubekas, Nickolas P, (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion (second edition). Blackwell. ISBN 9780470656563 (In Press)

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The psychology of religion is a complex field involving a variety of approaches that have not always developed in clear relationship to one another. As an aid to orientation, this chapter aims to provide an overview of the history and current status of the psychology of religion. It discusses the early contexts and origins of psychology of religion; depth psychological approaches to religion, especially those of Freud and Jung; empirical approaches stemming from mainstream scientific psychology; and some ways in which religion and psychology have stood in a more reciprocal relationship to each other. Common issues addressed in relation to these diverse approaches include methodology; the content of religion; the origin, development, and effects of religion; and evaluations – both the theories’ evaluations of religion and scholarly evaluations of the theories.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology; religion; psychoanalysis; empirical psychology; methodology; William James; Sigmund Freud; C. G. Jung
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2020 15:55
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2020 16:15

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