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Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality
Concepts and Applications

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society

  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107630567

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  • Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality provides readers with a critical overview of what psychology tells us about religion and spirituality. It is concise without being simplistic, and the first such broad overview to be published for some years. Fraser Watts recognizes that 'religion' is complex and multi-faceted, taking different forms in different people and contexts. The book presents a broad view of psychology; whatever kind of psychology you are interested in, you will find it covered here, from biological to social, and from experimental to psychoanalytic. It focuses particularly on the varied concepts that psychologists have employed to make sense of religion and subjects them to critical examination. The book is also concerned with practical applications, helping those engaged in religious ministry. It will be of interest to undergraduates and general readers, as well as specialists in religious studies, psychology, and philosophy of religion.

    • Presents the first brief overview of the psychology of religion for over ten years, leading it to be the overview of choice
    • Paying close attention to the perspective of religious participants and to theological applications, the book should interest religious readers, students in Christian colleges, and those training for religious ministry
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    'In a reflective survey of psychology and religion, Fraser Watts, psychologist, theologian, and Anglican priest, has produced a remarkable book. It is a highly selective and focused assessment of what in numerous handbooks (all referenced by Watts) take hundreds, even thousands, of pages to survey. … His book should be mandatory reading for psychologists currently involved in studying religion …' Ralph W. Hood, Jr, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107630567
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Concepts and approaches
    2. Psychoanalysis
    3. Genetics and evolution
    4. Brain and cognition
    5. Religious experience
    6. Religious practices
    7. Religious beliefs and thinking
    8. Spirituality
    9. Development aspects
    10. Varieties and types
    11. Health and adjustment
    12. Personal transformation
    13. Scripture and doctrine
    14. Human nature and personality
    15. Summing-up
    Further reading
    References.

  • Author

    Fraser Watts
    Fraser Watts has combined a distinguished career as a psychologist with a distinguished record in theology and religious studies. For almost twenty years at the University of Cambridge, he led one of the largest research groups in psychology and religion. He received the American Psychological Association William Bier Award, and founded the Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion.

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