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Psychology of Religion

  • “God” Part of the Brainby Matthew Alper

    Sourcebooks, Inc. 2006; US$ 12.95

    Acclaimed by a wide range of experts, The "God" Part of the Brain is a classic. Matthew Alper presents a stunning argument: that our brain is hardwired to believe in a God. more...

  • Acedia & meby Kathleen Norris

    Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 16.00

    The extraordinary New York Times bestselling masterpiece from "one of the most eloquent yet earthbound spiritual writers of our time ( San Francisco Chronicle ). Kathleen Norris had written several much loved books, yet she couldn't drag herself out of bed in the morning, couldn't summon the energy for her daily tasks. Even as she struggled,... more...

  • Acts of Faithby Rodney Stark; Roger Finke

    University of California Press 2000; US$ 31.95

    Finally, social scientists have begun to attempt to understand religious behavior rather than to discredit it as irrational, ignorant, or foolish?and Rodney Stark and Roger Finke have played a major role in this new approach. Acknowledging that science cannot assess the supernatural side of religion (and therefore should not claim to do so), Stark... more...

  • African Religion Definedby Anthony Ephirim-Donkor

    University Press of America 2012; US$ 32.99

    The author, a traditional king and professor, studies the Akan in Ghana to demonstrate that ancestor worship is as pragmatic, systematic, theological, teleological, soteriological - with a highly trained clerical body and elders as mediators - and symbolic as any other religion in the world. more...

  • Afro-Eccentricityby William David Hart

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 100.00

    Afro-Eccentricity explores three overlapping stories of Black Religion: the soul, the black church, and ancestor narratives. Hart contends that these narratives dominate most accounts of Black Religion that, collectively, he calls the "Standard Narrative of Black Religion." more...

  • American Exorcismby Michael W. Cuneo

    Crown Publishing Group 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...

  • The Anthropology of Religious Conversionby Andrew Buckser; Stephen D. Glazier

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2003; US$ 43.99

    The Anthropology of Religious Conversion paints a picture of conversion far more complex than its customary image in anthropology and religious studies. Conversion is very seldom simply a sudden moment of insight or inspiration; it is a change both of individual consciousness and of social belonging, of mental attitude and of physical experience, whose... more...

  • Applied Psychology for Servant Religionby E. Rae Harcum

    Hamilton Books 2013; US$ 28.99

    In this book, E. Rae Harcum emphasizes the application of psychological principles for the improvement of individual and group behaviors. Applied Psychology for Servant Religion discusses problem solving, interpretation of test results, and ways to improve individual and social behaviors. more...

  • Autobiography and the psychological study of religious livesby Jacob A. Belzen; Antoon Geels

    Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 110.60

    This volume positions itself on the cutting edge of two fields in psychology that enjoy rapidly increasing attention: both the study of human lives and some core domains of such lives as religion and spirituality are high on the agenda of current research and teaching. Biographies and autobiographies are being approached in new ways and have become... more...

  • The Awakened Onesby Gananath Obeyesekere

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 54.99

    While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes an even richer knowledge is possible through a bold confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams. Spanning both Buddhist and European forms of visionary experience, he fearlessly pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive,... more...