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At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualise and practise religion at both personal and social levels. At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualise and practise religion at both personal and social levels.
Explores religion both as a social phenomenon and as a form of inner experience.
Explains why people believe what they do.
Looks at the effects of religious and spiritual belief upon behaviour, and upon physical and psychological health.
Outlines the various approaches to religious and spiritual experience.
Surveys all relevant research.
EXCEPTIONAL BOOK- MUST READ FOR ANY PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT
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on May 3, 2017
By Robin Velasco
This is a truly exceptional book! It is well written, balanced and filled with references to scientific work. I have not read any other book that is so well thought out as this one. Fontana’s understanding of all world religions is fantastic, he shows no bias and can speak like a religious leader of the religions he speaks about. This is a must read for anybody interested in spirituality and religion and psychology. I am currently a PhD student on psychology and therefore has read many books on this topic, and this book is by far the best I have come across. This is the very first review that I have made on Amazon on any book I have purchased and I have purchased a lot! The reason I posted this is because I see so little feedback on this beautiful book and it saddens me greatly. Other great books have hundreds, if not thousands of reviews… this book deserves much more than it has gotten.
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on April 23, 2014
An interesting, well written, survey of the topic. The author treats the subject with objectivity. He makes the point that surprisingly little research has been conducted in this area considering the ubiquitous presence of religious beliefs across many cultures
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on December 3, 2013
Required for a Psychology course. Topic was quite interesting along with instructor led discussion. This text enhanced the course with making students think on topics we may not have ordinarily think about.
on April 5, 2016
By Jaime Blakely
Product arrived at the earliest date available and just as described. Thanks so much!
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