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Psychology of Religion

  • Why We Danceby Kimerer L. LaMothe

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Within intellectual paradigms that privilege mind over matter, dance has long appeared as a marginal, derivative, or primitive art. Drawing support from theorists and artists who embrace matter as dynamic and agential, this book offers a visionary definition of dance that illuminates its constitutive work in the ongoing evolution of human persons.... 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...

  • 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...

  • Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances: Chemical Paths to Spirituality and to God [2 volumes]by J. Harold Ellens

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 131.00

    Can drugs be used intelligently and responsibly to expand human consciousness and heighten spirituality? This two-volume work presents objective scientific information and personal stories aiming to answer the question. 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...