Psychology of religion is the academic discipline investigating religious experience, belief, and behavior. William James' (1902) Varieties of Religious Experience marked a quarter-century burst of research activity that faded into almost nothing with the advent of behaviorism. Since then the discipline has enjoyed a resurgence in the 1960s with the popularity of social psychology. Psychology of religion currently occupies a small but solid niche within the wider field of psychology.
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A largely American movement to integrate the theory and praxis of psychology with Christian theology and praxis. Integration is concerned both with taking a theological perspective on psychological topics, such as personality, family relationships, emotionality, human development, pathology or assessment; and with taking a psychological perspective of a religious nature, such as spiritual numbness, church conflicts, missionary selection, or interpersonal tensions. Different researchers in the field disagree as to what degree such an integration is appropriate, and if so, which discipline should take precedence, if either.
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Academic institutions or programs with degree courses integrating psychology and religion or specifically on the academic study of psychology of religion.
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Scholarly periodicals relating to the study of psychology of religion, or of the relationship between psychology and religion.
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Neurotheology is an emerging field of study within the spectrum of neuroscience, which can also be termed as "biology of religion." It addresses the relationship between the brain (or, the entire physical organism) as an anatomical (structural) and physiological (functional) entity; and religion, including spiritual experience, and behaviour modulated by belief. Neurotheology demands attention within the province of neuroscience precisely because it insists upon the precise demarcation of a neural substrate for affective phenomena usually termed 'spiritual'.
Organizations that relate to the study of psychology of religion, to the application of psychology in religious contexts, or to theoretical or applied aspects of the integration of psychology and religion.
This category contains sites for published researchers and educators, past and present, within the psychology of religion. The majority of sites contain contact details and lists of publications; some additionally contain full text articles. Site descriptions contain the research interests and institution of each person, where appropriate.
Religious or mystical experience can be defined in several ways. Paul Tillich defines a religious experience as one that gives ultimate meaning, structure and direction to human experience. Huston Smith defines a religious experience as one that moves the experiencer's feelings, thought, and will, eliciting from the experiencer a centered response from the core of his being.
This category contains sites concerned with the academic psychological study of religious experience. Sites concerned with research attempting to investigate or explain religious experiences are welcome here.