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Psychology of Religion

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  • Alpha Godby Hector A. Garcia

    Prometheus Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    This book uses evolutionary psychology as a lens to explain religious violence and oppression. The author, a clinical psychologist, examines religious scriptures, rituals, and canon law, highlighting the many ways in which our evolutionary legacy has shaped the development of religion and continues to profoundly influence its expression. The book focuses... more...

  • Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jewsby Lynn Davidman

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    Leaving a religion is not merely a matter of losing or rejecting faith. For many, it involves dramatic changes of everyday routines and personal habits. Davidman bases her analysis on in-depth conversations with forty ex-Hasidic individuals. From these conversations emerge accounts of the great fear, angst, and sense of danger that come of leaving... more...

  • Unlearning the Basicsby Rishi Sativihari; Mu Soeng

    Wisdom Publications 2010; US$ 14.95

    In fresh and inviting language and making frequent use of strikingly clear diagrams and illustrations, Unlearning the Basics challenges many of our common-sense understandings about ourselves and the world. The author lays out a new way of seeing that enables us to live more serenely, more compassionately, and more free from the slings and arrows... more...

  • Born Believersby Justin L. Barrett

    Atria Books 2012; Not Available

    Infants have a lot to make sense of in the world: Why does the sun shine and night fall; why do some objects move in response to words, while others won?t budge; who is it that looks over them and cares for them? How the developing brain grapples with these and other questions leads children, across cultures, to naturally develop a belief in a divine... 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...

  • 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...

  • The Psychology of Prayerby Bernard Spilka; Kevin L. Ladd

    Guilford Publications 2012; US$ 42.00

    Reviewing the growing body of scientific research on prayer, this book describes what is known about the behavioral, cognitive, emotional, developmental, and health aspects of this important religious activity. The highly regarded authors provide a balanced perspective on what prayer means to the individual, how and when it is practiced, and the... more...

  • Bounded Choiceby Janja Lalich

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 15.95

    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...

  • Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Second Editionby Raymond F. Paloutzian; Crystal L. Park

    Guilford Publications 2013; US$ 50.00

    Widely regarded as the definitive reference, this volume comprehensively examines the psychological processes associated with religion and spirituality. Leading scholars from multiple psychological subdisciplines present developmental, cognitive, social psychological, cultural, and clinical perspectives on this core aspect of human experience. The... more...

  • Kirche im Cyberspaceby Franziska Göppel; Bertram Schmitz

    Tectum Verlag 2014; US$ 15.41

    Der Papst twittert, Gottesdienste werden als Podcast-Download angeboten und die Kirche ist Facebook-Nutzer. In einer Zeit, in der der Alltag von Smartphones, Tablet PCs und Ultrabooks geprägt ist, in der Menschen immer und überall erreichbar sind, einen permanenten Zugang zum Internet haben und alle erdenklichen Momente festhalten können, sind religiöse... more...