Psychological Theories of Religion

Psychological Theories of Religion

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For undergraduate/graduate introductory courses in Psychology of Religion.This text surveys major theorists in the psychology of religion-S. Freud, C.G. Jung, W. James, E. Fromm, G. Allport, A. Maslow, and V. Frankl-who represent classical theories in this field. Each of these theorists presents a comprehensive theory of religion which attempts to give an account of the psychological origin and/or value of religion. The approach of the text shows how the theory of religion emerges not only from the theorist's psychological theory but also from life more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130480681
  • 9780130480682

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"[Forsyth's is] an excellent book for a course in the application of traditional psychological theories to religion." - Ronald G. Ribble, University of Texas, San Antonio"An authoritative and well-written work that integrates exposition with critical assessment and reinterpretation." - David M. Wulff, Wheaton Collegeshow more

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This new introductory text sets out in plain language the basic elements of seven major theories of the psychology of religion. James Forsyth has produced a compelling survey of seminal psychological theorists, including Freud, Jung, James, Fromm, Allport, Maslow, and Frankl, to explain to students how theories of religion emerge from both theory and life experience. Each chapter introduces the theory and provides a biography of each thinker. It then moves to outline the thinker's personality theory and theory of religion. Each chapter concludes with an evaluation of the theories. Key features: Compelling, well-written introduction to complex psychological theory Consistent organizational scheme for each chapter Organized by theorist instead of by topic Suggested readings for each chaptershow more

Table of contents

Introduction. Sigmund Freud, Religion and the Father Complex. C.G. Jung, Religion and Archetype. William James, Religion and Temperament. Erich Fromm, Religion and Humanism. Gordon Allport, Religion and Personality. Abraham Maslow, Religion and Self-Actualization. Viktor Frankl, Religion and Self-Transcendence. Appendix: Questions and more

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