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Psychology of Religion

  • 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...

  • Why We Danceby Kimerer L. LaMothe

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Kimerer L. LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion who lives in upstate New York. She has taught at Brown University and Harvard University. She is the award-winning author of five books, including Nietzsche's Dancers and Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies. more...

  • A Death on Diamond Mountainby Scott Carney

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 26.95

    Praise for Scott Carney    "Carney writes with considerable narrative verve, slamming home the misery of what he has witnessed with passion and visceral detail." ?Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Carney knows how to tell a story." ?Carl Elliott, The Wall Street Journal more...

  • 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...

  • The Psychology of Compassion and Crueltyby Thomas Plante; Thomas Plante

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 60.00

    This thoughtful book brings together some of the best psychological and spiritual thinkers to ponder evidence-based reflections about the development and nurturance of compassion. 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...

  • Dangerous Gamesby Joseph P. Laycock

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    The 1980s saw the peak of a moral panic over fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. A coalition of moral entrepreneurs that included representatives from the Christian Right, the field of psychology, and law enforcement claimed that these games were not only psychologically dangerous but an occult religion masquerading as a game.... more...

  • The Divine Magicianby Peter Rollins

    Howard Books 2015; US$ 14.99

    In this mind-bending exploration of traditional Christianity, firebrand Peter Rollins turns the tables on conventional wisdom, offering a fresh perspective focused on a life filled with love. Peter Rollins knows one magic trick?now, make sure you watch closely. It has three parts: the Pledge, the Turn, and the Prestige. In Divine Magician , each... more...

  • Is There Still a Place for Godby Kenneth Bragan

    SBPRA 2014; US$ 2.99

    The centrepiece of the book Is There Still a Place for God? offers a psychological interpretation of the Old Testament story as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Miles (God: A Biography).This book?s interpretation displays how Judaism fostered the inner strength of the "chosen" people. A quantum view of the universe and the understanding of... more...

  • The Dogma of Christby Erich Fromm

    Open Road Distribution 2014; US$ 11.99

    The essays in this fascinating volume examine present-day psychological and cultural problems with the keen insight and humanistic sympathies characteristic of Erich Fromm?s work.   The Dogma of Christ and Other Essays  provides some of the sharpest critical insights into how the contemporary world of human destructiveness and violence can no longer... more...