New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion

Processes of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions

Editors: Angel, H.F., Oviedo, L., Paloutzian, R.F., Runehov, A., Seitz, R.J. (Eds.)

  • Is the first to present broad studies on the processes of believing
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject
  • Reflects the development in scientific research of beliefs and the underlying processes
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This volume answers the question: Why do we believe what we believe? It examines current research on the concept of beliefs, and the development in our understanding of the process of believing. It takes into account empirical findings in the field of neuroscience regarding the processes that underlie beliefs, and discusses the notion that beyond the interactive exploratory analysis of sensory information from the complex outside world, humans engage in an evaluative analysis by which they attribute personal meaning and relevance to the probabilistic representations of objects and events.

Beliefs exert a strong influence on behaviour, decision-making, and identifying and solving problems. Despite their importance, beliefs have until recently not been at the centre of scientific interest. In fact, “belief” is an ill-defined phenomenon. From a transdisciplinary perspective the actual approaches to understanding belief seem incompatible as they attempt to highlight such different topics as “belief – religion”, “belief – spirituality”, “belief – faith”, “belief – knowledge”, “belief – attitude”, “belief – disbelief”, “belief – illusion”, and “believing – brain function”. This situation contradicts the idea that belief is close to pathological phenomena and that it should be eliminated from scientific discussions. Rather, believing is fundamental for understanding the many problems of every-day life. In fact, the book shows that beliefs are relevant for politics, international affairs, economy, law, or religions also in modern societies. This book presents the increasing scientific interest in beliefs and believing, and reflects the change in focus from the content aspect of belief towards the fluid nature of believing.

About the authors

Hans-Ferdinand Angel, trained in theology, ancient Latin philology, and history, studied in Regensburg (Germany) and Paris. From 1996 he was Professor at the Technical University Dresden (Germany) and, since 1997, is Professor of Catechetics and Religious Education at the Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria). He is member of the advisory committee of the Initiative of Brain Research in Syria and the scientific director of the global and interdisciplinary Credition Research Project at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz.

Lluis Oviedo, Full professor of Theological Anthropology at the Theological Faculty in Antonianum University in Rome and invited professor in the Theological Institute of Murcia (Spain) for questions of religion, society and science; and invited professor in the Theological Institute of Murcia, Spain, for faith, reason and culture. He is the co-editor for the 4 volumes Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, Springer 2013.

Raymond F. Paloutzian received his doctorate from Claremont Graduate School and is Professor Emeritus of experimental and social psychology at Westmont College, Santa Barbara (California). He edited The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion for 18 years and is consultant to the Religion, Experience, and Mind Lab Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He co-edited (with A. Kalayjian) Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace-Building, Springer, 2010.

Anne L.C. Runehov has a Reader (Associate Professor) degree from the Uppsala University (Sweden). She earned a Doctor degree in Philosophy of Religion at Uppsala University, and a Master degree in Theoretical Philosophy, major Philosophy of Mind at the same university. She is the Editor for the 4 volumes Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, Springer 2013, and member of the steering committee of the conferences “The Structure of Creditions”.

Rüdiger J. Seitz has a degree of medicine at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and is Professor of Neurology at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf (Germany). He was Section Editor of the Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, Springer 2013. He is member of the steering committee of the conferences “The Structure of Creditions” and co-director of the interdisciplinary Credition Research Project.

Table of contents (33 chapters)

  • Introduction: What We Do Not Know About Believing – Approaching a New Scientific Hot Spot

    Angel, Hans-Ferdinand (et al.)

    Pages 3-15

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  • Credition: From the Question of Belief to the Question of Believing

    Angel, Hans-Ferdinand

    Pages 17-36

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  • Believing, Remembering, and Imagining: The Roots and Fruits of Meanings Made and Remade

    Paloutzian, Raymond F. (et al.)

    Pages 39-49

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  • Connection Between Scripts Embedding Motor Schemes and Decision Making

    Auletta, Gennaro

    Pages 51-67

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  • Beliefs and Believing as Possible Targets for Neuroscientific Research

    Seitz, Rüdiger J.

    Pages 69-81

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eBook 101,14 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-50924-2
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Hardcover 124,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-50922-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Processes of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions
Editors
  • Hans Ferdinand Angel
  • Lluis Oviedo
  • Raymond F. Paloutzian
  • Anne Runehov
  • Rüdiger J Seitz
Series Title
New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50924-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50924-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50922-8
Series ISSN
2367-3494
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 476
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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