SpringerBriefs in Psychology

The Discovery of God

A Psychoevolutionary Perspective

Authors: Kellerman, Henry

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​​​​ The debate between theist and atheist is an old one and has recently become a highly publicized one. There are some well known proponents of arguments on both sides. To provide a different perspective this book takes a psychoanalytically based evolutionary view, presenting an entirely original theoretical concept.  It introduces an epigenetic component to the discussion of God/no God within the context of evolutionary processes at the point where a thinking brain appears -- a cerebral cortex characteristic of homosapien. Therefore, it joins evolutionary phenomena with psychological realities for survival and safety, for empowerment and the absence of disempowerment. Research is cited to show that such instinctive survival behavior involves several prototypical behavioral categories relevant to all organisms from amoeba to man.             Freud, Darwin, Gould, and the major historical figures of the God/no God debate are included throughout, and the point is made that environmental conditions can produce biological effects and this is the essence of the proposed epigenetical context of the debate. Therefore, this volume concerns itself with exploring the question of whether there is a God-gene or whether God is discovered epigentically in a psycho/evolutionary context.  In either case, this book does not argue for the existence or non-existence of God. Rather, it introduces a new dimension to the debate − a psycho/evolutionary one.  ​​​​

About the authors

Henry Kellerman, Ph.D. has held faculty and clinical positions at several universities and hospitals spanning a fifty year career as clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. Among his more than 20 books and scores of papers in clinical and scientific journals are included works on: emotions and personality; dreams and nightmares; animal behavior with dolphins, chimpanzees, and baboons; the psychology of sleep disorders; the process of individual and group psychotherapy; and, the first complete theory on how to cure a specific class of emotional/psychological symptoms. Dr. Kellerman is in private practice in New York City.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • God and the Important Anatomical Vestigial Structure

    Kellerman, Henry

    Pages 1-15

  • God and Ontological Anxiety

    Kellerman, Henry

    Pages 17-30

  • The Personality of a God That Can Be Possibly Known

    Kellerman, Henry

    Pages 31-48

  • God, Group, and Blame Psychology

    Kellerman, Henry

    Pages 49-66

  • God and Human Personality

    Kellerman, Henry

    Pages 67-76

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eBook $34.99
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Softcover $49.95
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Discovery of God
Book Subtitle
A Psychoevolutionary Perspective
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Psychology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-4364-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-4364-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4363-6
Series ISSN
2192-8363
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 98
Topics