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Religion and the Individual


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1.: Toward a Social Psychology of Religion PART I: Sources of Personal Religion 2.: Social Sources of Personal Religion 3.: Individual Development and Personal Religion PART II: Nature of Personal Religion 4.: Religious Experience and Personal Transformation 5.: Facilitators of Religious Experience 6.: Dimensions of Personal Religion PART III: Consequences of Personal Religion 7.: Personal Freedom or Bandage? 8.: Mental Health or Sickness 9.: Brothers-and-Sisters or Sheep-and-Goats 10.: Concern for Others or Self-Concern PART IV: Implications 11.: Is Religion on Our Side?


"This fine and challenging book serves a two-fold purpose. It is a valuable survey of work in the psychology of religion, and it is a milestone in the development of the work stimulated by Allport's seminal attempt to characterize different orientations to religion....If looking for a textbook on the psychology of religion, one would find that most of the important topics are covered....[It] represents a very exciting and provocative survey." --The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion "A substantial contribution that will be a valuable resource for students of psychology and religion."--Allen Bergin, Brigham Young University From reviews of the first edition: "The authors have provided a synthesis and survey of empirical social-psychological research on religious behavior and experience. . . .Comprehensive, thorough, and balanced. . .sophisticated, evenhanded, and appropriately complex. . . .The result is a clearly argued text. . . .The book can certainly be recommended to religious educators as a useful and instructive tool." --Theological Studies "An insightful and useful work that should be valuable to sociologists interested in religion, mental illness, and intergroup relations. . . .A thoughtful and careful analysis of the multifaceted nature of religion." --American Journal of Sociology "Comprehensive and insightful. . . .A well-organized, technically correct discussion refreshingly free of jargon. The analysis is careful, integrating the depth of a mature experience and knowledge." --Journal of Psychology and Theology "Clear, readable. . . .Both summarizes and considerably adds to the growing literature on the social psychology of religion." --Choice "This book is fascinating and provocative. . . . Well worth reading, particularly for those with some background in the psychology of religion." --Contemporary Psychology "A coherent, integrated approach to the diversified phenomena of religious experience. . . .A major contribution." --Sociology and Social Research "Fascinating. . . .Well organized, clearly written." --Theology Today "Triumphantly escapes being trivial, tedious and irrelevant. Indeed, it is a most stimulating and challenging book which poses many important questions. . . . clearly and lightly written throughout. This book will be an important and possibly chastening stimulus and resource for teachers, students and practitioners in practical theology and pastoral care." --Contact, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies "An encyclopedic and critical summary of empirical research into religion. The outcome, expressed in an elegant style, is a comprehensive account of psychological reflection on religion." --David G. Deeks, Expository Times, UK "The coverage is broad enough to serve as an introductory text in the psychology of religion if one wishes to use it that way (I have). It remains a 'must read' volume in the field." --John Tisdale,Psychology of Religion Newsletter, American Psychological Association Division 36

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