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Path in Psychology

Psychology of Religion

Autobiographical Accounts

Editors: van Belzen, Jacob A. (Ed.)

  • The only collection available of ego-documents by psychologists of religion
  • The collection still includes almost everyone involved in the field during the last 40 years International in its outlook
  • Appealing to a much broader audience than just psychologists, and not only to academics but also to professional practitioners and to a more general readership interested in religious issues
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About this book

In the past four decades or so, the so-called psychology of religion – after having been deemed extinct, impossible or unlikely – has risen to prominence again: the number of publications is rapidly growing, an impressive secondary literature (handbooks, introductions, etc.) is available already, infrastructure has been developed (a number of new journals devoted to the subject have been founded, organizations have been established, increasingly funding is going to the area), attracting many new researchers. Organizations like the American Psychological Association are now publishing in the field of psychology of religion (and its Div. 36 [“psych of rel”] with almost 3,000 members is already midsized among the APA-divisions). This book documents this re-emergence and development.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This volume will have a lasting place on library shelves as testimony that will be consulted by anybody with an interest in the development of the field and in the work of any of the contributors. The chapters can nicely supplement the prior knowledge one may have of the work of the contributors, or they can serve as an introduction to the academic personalities of those one has not yet read.” (Michael Stausberg, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Vol. 24 (2), 2014)

“This is a collection of autobiographies of people who made a difference in the psychology of religion. … The book demonstrates that the psychology of religion is flourishing and not simply a relic of the early days of psychology. … The intended audience includes ‘readers in general psychology, religious studies, and philosophy of science.’ … The authors, who represent many different theological perspectives, are willing to discuss their triumphs and tragedies. The book will inspire readers who want to learn more about this field.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, June, 2012)

This volume of autobiographical accounts from some of the most
famous international scholars in the psychology of religion will appeal to psychologists of religion and those interested in the discipline, as well as intellectual historians interested in tracing an irreducibly complex area of study that is undisputedly more heterogeneous than its parent discipline of psychology.  Rather than providing pat answers to the origins and vicissitudes of the theories in this discipline, the editor brilliantly employs autobiographical accounts to provide the interpreter the freedom necessary to discover pattern, contradiction, and to discover the ways in which psychology of religion has mounted a modest resurgence in the contemporary era after an ostensible disciplinary death.  This book chronicles the survival of a marginalized discipline of study through very hard times and is therefore a contribution to understanding the ways in which larger historical patterns condition the validity and usefulness of types of knowledge; this enormous task is masterfully executed with apparent ease through idiosyncratic autobiographical accounts.  It remains moot whether or not the proper autobiographies have been chosen and what cause this will have on future interpreters of the discipline and this book.  This weakness is accounted for by the editor’s frank admission in his well-written introduction. 
Joseph M. Kramp
John Jay College (CUNY)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • The Comeback of the Psychology of Religion: The Aims of the Present Volume

    Belzen, Jacob A.

    Pages 1-18

  • My Concern with Psychology of Religion: Defending Psychology, Respecting Religion

    Aletti, Mario

    Pages 19-41

  • The Path of Least Resistance

    Capps, Donald

    Pages 43-52

  • Pastoral Psychology as a Point of Transfer from Systematic Theology to the Psychology of Religion

    Faber, Heije (et al.)

    Pages 53-69

  • Toward a Mainstream Psychology of Religion Beyond Poor Relation Status

    Grom, Bernhard

    Pages 71-90

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-9516-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychology of Religion
Book Subtitle
Autobiographical Accounts
Editors
  • Jacob A. van Belzen
Series Title
Path in Psychology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-1602-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-1602-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1601-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9516-2
Series ISSN
1574-048X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 282
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