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Psychology of Religion

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • New World A-Comingby Judith Weisenfeld

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 29.75

    Demonstrates that the efforts to contest conventional racial categorization contributed to broader discussions in black America that still resonate today.     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... more...

  • Spaces of Modern Theologyby Graham Ward; S. Jungkeit

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2016; US$ 80.49

    As stories of borders, territorial disputes, and migration have escalated in recent years, so too space has emerged as a critical concept in theoretical literature. This book explores the imagination of space at the dawn of modern, liberal theology in the writings of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Schleiermacher wrote against the backdrop of expanding European... more...

  • Science and Spiritual Practicesby Rupert Sheldrake

    Hodder & Stoughton 2017; US$ 31.99

    Rupert Sheldrake, author of the bestselling Science Delusion and Richard Dawkins's nemesis is a prominent botanist and the most prominent scientist to argue that science supports rather than undermines religious belief. He has written this book to show that science can not only justify and authenticate religious belief, it can also help improve it.... 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, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, 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...

  • 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...