Invitation to the Psychology of Religion

ISBN-10: 0205148409

ISBN-13: 9780205148400

Edition: 2nd 1995 (Revised)

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Description: This newly revised text is the only book on the market to target the mid-level undergraduate student. Providing a well-balanced and thorough look at the psychological literature, this book is meant to be ``an invitation to the psychology of religion, not an encyclopedia of it,'' and therefore, particular emphasis has been placed on writing style as well as scholarship. With ten chapters, the book is long enough to serve as the sole text for a course, yet short enough to allow professors to supplement it with other paperback books and articles of their own choice. This book does not favor any particular point of view, but rather presents equally the many lines of research in this area. The tone is objective, clear, and easy to follow.

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Book details

List price: $129.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/13/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Dr. Anie Kalayjian is a professor of psychology at Fordham University. She is also President of the Association for Disaster and Mass Trauma Studies and the Armenian American Society for Studies on Stress and Genocide. Dr. Kalayjian has been involved at the United Nations for the past fifteen years, where she works with several departments focusing on human rights, women, and mental health.Dr. Raymond F. Paloutzian received his doctoral degree from Claremont Graduate School and has been a professor of experimental and social psychology at Westmont College, Santa Barbara since 1981. He has been a visiting professor teaching psychology of religion at Stanford University and Guest Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association, and has served as President of APA Division 36 (Psychology & Religion). He is currently the editor of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

Preface to the Second Edition
From the Preface to the First Edition
Religion in Psychological Perspective
The Prevalence and Scope of Religion
Religion in Action
Psychological Questions about Religion
What is Religion? Religion as Reconnection
Personal and Social Religion
Religious Function and Religious Content
The Variety of Religious Behaviors
How do Psychologists Handle the Problem of Defining Religion?
Dimensions of Religious Commitment: Logical and Descriptive
Religious Belief (The Ideological Dimension)
Religious Practice (The Ritualistic Dimension)
Religious Feeling (The Experiential Dimension)
Religious Knowledge (The Intellectual Dimension)
Religious Effects (The Consequential Dimension)
The Dimensions in Combination
Status and Utility of the Multidimensional Schema
Psychological Approaches to Religion
Complementary Viewpoints within Psychology
Where do we Look for the Processes Underlying Religiousness?
Relevance of the Possible Bases of Religion
Is the Psychology of Religion Valid?
Is Religion Unique?
Implications of the Various Positions
Approach and Plan of the Book
Orientations
Limitations
Organization
Historical and Theoretical Developments
The Early Period: An Impressive Start
Starbuck and the ``Either-Or'' Philosophy
James
The Middle Period: Factors Contributing to the Decline
Theoretical Interlude
Classical Theories and Their Questions
Some Stimuli to Current Research
The Contemporary Period: The Reemergence of the Field
Indicators of the Trend
Is Psychology of Religion Influencing General Psychology?
Reasons for the Trend
Research in the Psychology of Religion
Philosophy of Science for Psychology of Religion
Tensions Between Psychology and Religion
The Nature of Psychological Science
Multiple Accounts of Religious Behavior
Influence of the Post-Modernism Movement
The Role Psychology Can Fulfill
Methods of Researching Religion
Strategies and Methods
Measuring Religion
Religious Development in Children
Psychological Research on Religious Development
The Nature of Childhood Religion
Perception, Language, and the Meaning of Symbols: Cognitive Mechanisms
Family, Social Context, and Personal Needs: Social Learning and Attachment Processes
Cognitive Factors in Moral Development
Piaget's 2 Stages of Moral Reasoning
Piaget's 3 Stages of Cognitive Development
Kohlberg's 6 Stages of Moral Judgment
Stages of Religious Development
Elkind's Stage Theory
Research on Religious Stages
Religious Stages in Prayer
Research Possibilities and Questions
Religious Development Through the Lifespan: Adolescence and Adulthood
Religion in Adolescence
How Religious are Adolescents?
Global Measures of Religiousness
Doubt
Secret Doubt and Hidden Observers
Models of Lifespan Religious Development
Development of Religious Judgment: The Double Helix Model
Stages of Faith Development
Sequence of Motives: Religion as Used, Lived, and a Quest
Are Stage Models Valid?: An Assessment
Psychological Processes Prompting Adolescent Religious Development
Paradox
Cognitive, Social, and Personal Factors
Religion and Spirituality in Adulthood and Old Age
How Religious are Adults and the Aged? Baseline Data on Religion and Spirituality
Age-Trajectory Data
Spirituality and Functional Religious Development
Research Possibilities and Questions
Religious Conversion and Persuasion
Prevalence and Definition of Conversion
Popular Opinion
The Prevalence of Conversion
The Definition Issue
Conversion Processes
Sudden and Gradual Conversion
Conversion Process Models
Lofland and Stark's Step Model of Conversion
Motives are Imp
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