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Religion and the Individual A Social-Psychological Perspective

ISBN-10: 0195062094
ISBN-13: 9780195062090
Edition: 2nd 1993 (Revised)
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Description: What leads a person to become religious? What happens psychologically in a religious experience? Does religion make a person happier, more open, more psychologically healthy, more tolerant, more caring? Bold and thoughtful, this book employs  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

What leads a person to become religious? What happens psychologically in a religious experience? Does religion make a person happier, more open, more psychologically healthy, more tolerant, more caring? Bold and thoughtful, this book employs social-psychological theories and research to build an understanding of the source, nature and consequences of religion in individual life. The authors' goal is to provide an integrated and coherent perspective, one that honours the diversity and mystery of individuals' experience of religion, yet is scientifically sound. Drawing on the classic psychological treatment of religion by William James, Sigmund Freud and Gordon Alloort, as well as the more recent empirical literature, the authors develop a three-dimensional model of different ways of being religious ... as a means to self-serving ends, as an end in itself, and as an open-ended quest. They explore the origins of these dimensions of personal religion, tracing them to more or less creative responses to such existential questions as: What is the meaning and purpose of my life? and How do I deal with the fact that I am going to die? They then explore the consequences of each of the three dimensions, both for the religious individual and for others in society. Finally, building on the foregoing analysis, the authors address one of the basic questions of our age - whether relgiion is a force for good or evil in human life.

Preface
Toward a Social Psychology of Religion
Sources of the Individual's Religion
Social Sources of Personal Religion
Summary and Conclusion
Individual Development and Religion
Nature of Individual Religion
Religious Experience and Personal Transformation
Summary and Conclusion
Facilitators of Religious Experience
Dimensions of Individual Religion
Consequences of Individual Religion
Personal Freedom or Bondage?
Mental Health or Sickness?
Brothers-And-Sisters or Sheep-And-Goats?
Concern for Others or Self-Concern?
Implications
Is Religion on Our Side?
Summary and Conclusion
Appendix the: Scientific Method and Social Psychology of Religion
References (indexed)
Subject Index

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