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Psychology of Religion

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  • Youngest Bishop in Englandby Robert Bridgstock

    See Sharp Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Part memoir, part analytical work, this treatise details Robert Bridgstock?s life as an active Mormon, his struggles with his faith, his submerging of such doubts for the sake of keeping peace with his devout family, and his eventual departure from the Church due to the abuse he suffered. After joining the Mormon Church at the age of 18, Bridgstock... more...

  • Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances: Chemical Paths to Spirituality and to God [2 volumes]by J. Harold Ellens

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 131.00

    The first of its kind, this intriguing two-volume set objectively reports on and assesses this modern psycho-social movement in world culture: the constructive medical use of entheogens and related mind-altering substances. Covering the use of substances such as ayahuasca, cannabis, LSD, peyote, and psilocybin, the work seeks to illuminate the topic... more...

  • Finding Faith, Losing Faithby Scot McKnight; Hauna Ondrey

    Baylor University Press 2011; US$ 9.95

    This book examines conversion stories as told by people who have actually undergone a conversion experience, including experiences of apostasy. The stories reveal that there is not just one "conversion story." Scot McKnight and Hauna Ondrey show that "conversion theory" helps explain why some people walk away from one religion, often to another, very... more...

  • Can Science Explain Religion?by James W. Jones

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 16.99

    Drawing on scientific research and logical argument James Jones directly confronts the claims that cognitive science can eliminate, or debunk, religion. He provides an accessibly written, persuasive account of why these claims are not convincing. more...

  • Families and Faithby Vern L. Bengtson; Norella M. Putney; Susan Harris

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 12.99

    In Families and Faith , Vern Bengtson examines how religion is--or is not--passed down from one generation to the next. Armed with unprecedented data collected over more than four decades from more than 2400 individuals, Bengtson offers remarkable insight into American religion over the course of several decades. more...

  • The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefsby Solomon Schimmel

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 27.99

    The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs examines how and why Jewish, Christian, and Muslim fundamentalists defend their belief in the divine authorship of the Bible and the Koran against evidence to the contrary from scholarship and science, and the harmful and dangerous consequences of their beliefs. more...

  • Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexicoby Frank Graziano

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico offers an exploration of miracles, petitionary devotion, and ex votos, based on extensive fieldwork in Guanajuato, Jalisco, Quer?taro, San Luis Potos?, and Zacatecas. A sequel to Graziano's Culture of Devotion (2006), this study contributes to the fields of material religion and psychology of religion. more...

  • New World A-Comingby Judith Weisenfeld

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 29.75

    When Joseph Nathaniel Beckles registered for the draft in the 1942,  he rejected the racial categories presented to him and persuaded the registrar to cross out the check mark she had placed next to Negro and substitute ?Ethiopian Hebrew.?  ?God did not make us Negroes,? declared religious leaders in black communities of the early twentieth-century... more...

  • Waiting for Antichristby Damian Thompson

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 82.99

    How can people believe that the supernatural end of the world lies just around the corner when, so far, every such prediction has been proved wrong? Some scholars argue that millenarians are psychologically disturbed; others maintain that their dreams of paradise on earth reflect a nascent political awareness. In this book Damian Thompson looks at... more...

  • Landscapes of the Soulby Douglas V. Porpora

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 59.99

    Do you believe in God? Nine out of ten Americans unhesitatingly answer yes. But for Douglas Porpora, the real questions begin where pollsters leave off. What, he asks, does religious belief actually mean in our lives? Does it shape our identities and our actions? Or, despite our professions of faith, are we morally adrift? Landscapes of the Soul... more...