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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...

  • Bewildermentsby Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 28.95

    The newest book in Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg?s award-winning series of commentaries on the hebrew bible.   The book of Numbers is the narrative of a great failure. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the Spies, the... more...

  • The Believing Brainby Michael Shermer

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; Not Available

    Synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist and science historian, Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow . The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. Using sensory data that flow in through the senses, the brain... more...

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

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    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...

  • Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faithby Thomas Plante

    ABC-CLIO 2012; US$ 53.00

    In recent years, scholars from an array of disciplines applied cutting-edge research techniques to determining the effects of faith. Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith brings those scholars together to share what they learned. Through their thoughtful, evidence-based reflections, this... more...

  • Born Badby James Boyce

    Counterpoint 2015; US$ 26.00

    "Original sin is the Western world's creation story." According to the Christian doctrine of original sin, humans are born inherently bad, and only through God's grace can they achieve salvation. In this captivating and controversial book, acclaimed historian James Boyce explores how this centuries-old concept has shaped the Western view of human... more...

  • A Postcolonial Woman?s Encounter with Moses and Miriamby Angeline M.G. Song

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 100.00

    This book is grounded in a theorization of the author's personal story including growing up as a female adoptee of a single parent in a patriarchal context, and current material context as an immigrant in New Zealand. more...

  • The Varieties of Religious Experienceby William James

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 42.95

    First published in 1902, The Varieties of Religious Experience initiated the psychological study of religion, paving the way for Freud and Jung as well as for clinical and paranormal branches of psychology. Written with humour and erudition, its theories of conversion, saintliness, ecstasy and mysticism continue to provoke controversy and inquiry.... more...

  • American Exorcismby Michael W. Cuneo

    Crown/Archetype 2002; US$ 13.95

    A guided tour through the burgeoning business of exorcism and the darker side of American life . There is no other religious ritual more fascinating, or more disturbing, than exorcism. This is particularly true in America today, where the ancient rite has a surprisingly strong hold on our imagination, and on our popular entertainment industry. We?ve... more...

  • Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counselingby Mary Thomas Burke; Jane Carvile Chauvin; Judith G. Miranti

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 56.95

    Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counseling is a comprehensive resource for counselors, psychotherapists and psychologists seeking to understand and incorporate the spiritual dimension of a client's person, and to use this understanding in developing successful intervention strategies with clients. Including case studies and exercises for self-exploration,... more...