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Psychology of Religion

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  • Bounded Choiceby Janja Lalich

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 15.95 US$ 12.76

    Heaven's Gate, a secretive group of celibate "monks" awaiting pickup by a UFO, captured intense public attention in 1997 when its members committed collective suicide. As a way of understanding such perplexing events, many have seen those who join cults as needy, lost souls, unable to think for themselves. more...

  • Landscapes of the Soulby Douglas V. Porpora

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 59.99 US$ 51.59

    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...

  • Waiting for Antichristby Damian Thompson

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 82.99 US$ 71.37

    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...

  • Born to Believeby Andrew Newberg; Mark Robert Waldman

    Atria Books 2007; US$ 21.99

    Born to Believe was previously published in hardcover as Why We Believe What We Believe . Prayer...meditation...speaking in tongues. What do these spiritual activities share and how do they differ? Why do some people believe in God, while others embrace atheism? From the ordinary to the extraordinary, beliefs give meaning to the mysteries of... more...

  • The Dark Night of the Soulby Gerald G. May

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.24

    Now in paperback: a distinguished psychiatrist, spiritual counsellor and bestselling author shows how the dark sides of the spiritual life are a vital ingredient in deep, authentic, healthy spirituality. Gerald G. May, MD, one of the great spiritual teachers and writers of our time, argues that the dark 'shadow' side of the true spiritual life... more...

  • Judaism and Other Religionsby Alan Brill

    Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 105.00

    With insight and scholarship, Alan Brill crisply outlines the traditional Jewish approaches to other religions for an age of globalization. more...

  • Religion in Mindby Jensine Andresen

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 36.00 US$ 29.52

    Originally published in 2001, Religion in Mind summarizes and extends the advances in the cognitive study of religion throughout the 1990s. more...

  • Religious Conversion and Disaffiliationby Henri Gooren

    Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 110.00

    This book is the first in over a decade to attempt a systematic synthesis of the field of conversion studies, encompassing the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, and theology. Gooren analyzes conversion and disaffiliation in a worldwide comparative framework, using data from North America, Europe, and Latin America. more...

  • Love and the Soulby Robert Sardello; Robert Simmons

    North Atlantic Books 2011; US$ 18.95

    With economies in peril, war in the Middle East, genocides, global warming, and a host of other grim phenomena, the world has never seemed so besieged. The solution, says Robert Sardello, lies with the individual. In this timely, thoughtful book, he explains how the soul can engage with the outer world to produce radical change. Because we think of... more...

  • Where the Waters Meetby David Buckley

    Karnac Books 2008; US$ 25.95

    Where the Waters Meet offers the reader a new way of viewing an old subject. So often psychology and counselling therapies have been, and still are, seen as competitors, or even enemies, vying for supremacy as the true religion. This book invites us to take a fresh look at these two fields, each with their own experience and dogma, and view them in... more...