Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, First Edition

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From foremost authorities in the field, this comprehensive volume synthesizes the breadth of current knowledge on the psychological processes underlying spirituality, religious behavior, and religious experience. Presented are cutting-edge theories, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and empirical findings emerging from all psychological subdisciplines. Coverage includes the neural and cognitive bases of religiousness; social, personality, and developmental issues; religion as a meaning system; and implications for behavior, mental health, and clinical practice. Seamlessly edited, the Handbook provides a definitive portrait of the current state of the science, fosters the development of integrative theory, and identifies vital directions for future research.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 590 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (August 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572309229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572309227
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

Essential reading to separate fiction from fact

19 people found this helpful.
 on September 22, 2006
By Mark Waldman
The research in this book essential for understanding the complexity of religious beliefs and practices. For years, I have objected to the ways that many fine authors have portrayed religious activity in America; if writers like Dawkins, Harris, and others had accessed this book, they might find that not only are most religious practices benign, but they would also discover that America is far more secular than many people suspect. For example, in the child development chapters, I discovered that teens are far more skeptical of their parent’s religion than I would have thought. I was also intrigued to discover that some young children, even when raised in anti-religious families, still maintained their belief in God. There are even some independent youngsters who will stand by their belief in the reality of the Easter Bunny, even when presented with evidence to the contrary!

Finest Review of Research of These Subjects in 20 Years

15 people found this helpful.
 on September 2, 2006
By William C. Bailey
Paloutzian and Park have gathered an excellent group of scholars to make contributions to this book. The articles in the field review the research conducted in this field from before Starbuck (1899) and James (1902) to 2004. Each article not only reviews the literature but makes major contributions to the issue it discusses such as Paloutzian’s article on conversion and Alemeyer and Hunsberger on fundamentalism and authoritarian.

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