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Psychology of Religion

  • Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practiceby Cassandra Vieten; Shelley Scammell; Daniel J. Siegel

    New Harbinger Publications 2015; US$ 49.95

    Religion lies at the heart of many clients' core values, and helps shape their perception of themselves and the world around them. In Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice , two clinical psychologists provide a much-needed, research-based road map to help professionals appropriately address their clients? spiritual or religious... more...

  • God Is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Humanby Dominic Johnson

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 18.99

    "And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die." The biblical story of the flood crystalizes--in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity--the universally recognized concept of divine punishment. For millennia... more...

  • Männerseelsorgeby David Kuratle; Christoph Morgenthaler

    Kohlhammer Verlag 2015; US$ 22.89

    Wie kann Männern der Zugang zur Seelsorge erleichtert werden? Was macht Begegnungen mit ihnen in der Seelsorge so besonders? Welche Themen, welche Art des Umgangs mit Krisensituationen und Konflikten stehen im Vordergrund? Wie können Männer hilfreich begleitet werden? Solche Fragen wurden in der Seelsorge bisher kaum aufgegriffen. Anhand vieler Beispiele... more...

  • Por qué creemos en dios(es)by J. Anderson Thomson; Clare Aukofer; Richard Dawkins

    Pitchstone Publishing 2015; US$ 9.99

    In this groundbreaking volume, J. Anderson Thomson Jr., MD, and Clare Aukofer offer a succinct yet comprehensive study of how and why the human mind generates religious belief. Dr. Thomson, a highly respected practicing psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the components and causes... 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...

  • 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

    An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong.   When thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert... 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

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 60.00

    In an effort to alter behavior, scientists have conducted research to better understand the factors that contribute to both caring and cruel behavior among individuals and groups. This uplifting volume reviews this evidence?from experts across disciplines?and explains how certain psychological, spiritual, and religious factors spur compassion and... 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...