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Pages: 752

Language: English

Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009 edition (29 Oct. 2010)

By: James M. Nelson(Author)

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The past century has seen the relationship between psychology and religion progress from wary antagonists to strange bedfellows to complementary worldviews. Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality is designed as a text that reflects this history while illuminating the robust dialogue that continues to accompany it. The elegant, accessible coverage ranges from early psychological critiques of religion and responses from major religious thinkers to positivist and constructivist philosophies; from Jung's archetypes to neurobiological research into the religious brain; from scientific constructs of prayer, meditation, and mindfulness to collaborative interventions for mental health. The book's distinctive teaching/learning presentation: Discusses non-Western religious traditions in addition to Christianity. Balances theoretical literature with empirical research on each topic. Reviews contemporary research and debates in psychology and religion. Examines developmental approaches to religious and spiritual growth. Provides a variety of practical applications. Includes review questions, exercises, and other student materials. Encourages readers to develop their own ideas on this subject. These are valuable perspectives for graduate or undergraduate courses in the psychology of religion, and a rich resource for graduate courses in psychology and counseling. In addition, Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality makes an inviting text for seminary courses in spiritual and pastoral counseling.

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  • By Dr Hugh McCredie on 28 June 2012

    This is the most weighty and comprehensive tome that I have read on the subject; others include similarly titled monographs by Michael Argyle and David Fontana together with Watts et al. `Psychology for the Christian ministry'. This book is probably not for the beginner. As a Chartered Psychologist and Methodist Local Preacher, I still had to come to terms with the other religious traditions featured in the book, notably Buddhism, in its various forms, Hinduism and Islam. I read the volume in its entirety and felt rewarded by the experience. I was particularly interested in the treatment afforded to Pargament's Theory of Religion and Coping which will inform future sermons and provide the basis of discussion session on the subject. Nelson gives us a fulsome and balanced treatment of all the issues with copious references and a critique at the end of each section.

  • By Anna on 16 September 2015

    I'm a student of Psychology of Religion. I have a few key textbooks on the subject. I find this to be the most comprehensive, logically presented and student-user-friendly. It is a reference book and textbook in one. It was not on my reading list, I don't know why, as it has taught me tremendously. Highly recommended, particularly in contrast to the same title by Pulutizian and Park (which I do not recommend).

  • By MC MLT on 12 May 2016

    Excellent :)

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