Category: Psychology and Religion

  • Buddhism as a Psychological System: Three Approaches
    • By Gerald Virtbauer, University of Vienna
  • Conversion
    • Conversion research has been a dominant theme in the sociology and social psychology of religion for several decades, especially in studies of the "new religions."
  • Deepening Consciousness
    • From Shattering the Sacred Myths: Describes consciousness as a natural phenomenon and establishes a theoretical foundation for justice based upon the democratic decisions of free and educated people.
  • Ecopsychology
    • By Vladimir Antonov. Topics include: harmony of communication with nature, psychic self-regulation, the spiritual heart, spiritual development, man and God, destiny, the meaning of life, upbringing of children, art, chakras, Kundalini, and ecopsychologists that cognize and study God.
  • Experience
    • While "religious experience" is commonly named as a central aspect of religion and as a core dimension of religiosity, it has been studied far less frequently than such other aspects as beliefs and practices.
  • Human Immortality by William James
    • James answers his critics who claim his thoughts are a pantheistic idea of immortality, not the Christian idea (survival in strictly personal form). He answers that one may conceive the mental world behind the veil in as individualistic a form as one pleases, without any detriment to the general scheme by which the brain is represented as a transmissive organ.
  • Integrating Spiritual Healing Approaches and Techniques into Psychotherapy
    • By Robert N. Sollod
  • Notable People in Psychology of Religion
    • by Michael E Nielsen, PhD. This essay discussed several viewpoints on the intersection of psychology and religion, including opinions from William James, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Carl Jung, Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow, and Erik H. Erikson.
  • Psychology of Religion
    • Many areas of psychology study religion.
  • Psychology of Religion
    • Wikipedia's page on the psychology of religion.
  • Psychology of Religion in the USA
    • By Michael E. Nielsen, Ph.D. Georgia Southern University February, 2000
  • Psychology of Religion Pages
    • A large collection of research, professional assessments, and essays about the psychological processes of religion. This includes case studies from sects, experimental results, and informal but informative essays.
  • Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Religious Faith
    • by Jorge W. F. Amaro 1998
  • Religion and Happiness
    • By Michael E. Nielsen, PhD. Many people expect religion to bring them happiness. Does this actually seem to be the case? Are religious people happier than nonreligious people? And if so, why might this be?
  • Religion's Role in the Terrorist Attack of September 11, 2001
    • The central role of religion in the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., is addressed. The terrorists were motivated by a militant fundamentalist worldview, which rejects modernism. According to Osama bin Laden, corrupt Western values and mores are not to be tolerated, making attacks justified. Religion's role in coping with the attacks also is described using Pargament's theoretical framework.
  • Religious Conversion
    • Wikipedia's article on religious conversion, the adoption of a new religion that differs from the convert's previous religion.
  • The Jungian-Christian Dialogue
    • Where Jungian Psychology encounters Christian philosophy, theology and spirituality
  • The Tendancy to Certainity in Religious Belief
    • By Robert H. Thouless, from the Department of Psychology, Glasgow University
  • Varieties of Religious Experience
    • By William James. A foundational resource in the study of religion, covering chapters such as mysticism, psychology, conversion, and the saints.
  • Weber, Max
    • A sociologist of religion, Weber studied the relationships between religion and economic behavior
  • What is Consciousness?
    • Perspectives on consciousness from philosophy, cognitive science, and neuroscience.
  • What Might Spirituality and Religion Offer the Contemporary Practicing Psychologist?
    • Professional psychology has appeared to have rediscovered spirituality and religion with renewed interest in integrating this aspect of life into professional psychological services.