9781606233030

The Psychology of Religion, Fourth Edition; An Empirical Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9781606233030

  • ISBN10:

    1606233033

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/15/2009
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Summary

Scholarly and comprehensive yet accessible, this state-of-the-science work is widely regarded as the definitive graduate-level psychology of religion text. The authors synthesize classic and contemporary empirical research on numerous different religious groups. Coverage includes religious thought, belief, and behavior across the lifespan; links between religion and biology; the forms and meaning of religious experience; the social psychology of religious organizations; and connections to morality, coping, mental health, and psychopathology. Every chapter features thought-provoking quotations and examples that bring key concepts to life.

New to This Edition

*Revised and updated with the latest theories, methods, and empirical findings.
*Many new research examples.
*Restructured with fewer chapters for better “fit” with a typical semester.
*More attention to the differences between religion and spirituality
*Covers emerging topics: genetics and neurobiology, positive psychology, atheism, and more.



 


Author Biography

Ralph W. Hood, Jr., PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is past president of the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association, and a recipient of its William James Award, Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award, and Distinguished Service Award. He is cofounder of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, for which he has served as coeditor and book review editor. Dr. Hood has also been editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and is currently coeditor of the Archiv für Religionspsychologie.

 

Peter C. Hill, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, California. He is past president of the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of its William C. Bier Award and Distinguished Service Award. He is editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

 

Bernard Spilka, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Denver. He is past president of the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of its William James Award and Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Spilka has also been vice-president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and president of the Colorado Psychological Association and the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. Now retired, he continues to write on the psychology of prayer and on religion, evolution, and genetics.

Table of Contents

1. The Psychological Nature and Functions of Religion 2. Foundations for an Empirical Psychology of Religion 3. Religion and Biology 4. Religion in Childhood 5. Religion in Adolescence and Young Adulthood 6. Adult Religious Issues 7. Religion, Aging, and Death 8. Conversion, Spiritual Transformation, and Deconversion 9. Relationships between Individuals and Religious Groups 10. Religious and Spiritual Experience 11. Mysticism 12. Religion, Morality, and Prejudice 13. Religion, Psychopathology, and Coping 14. Epilogue

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