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Psychology and Religion: Classical Theorists and Contemporary Developments [Paperback]

Andrew R. Fuller

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Book Description

Nov. 27 2007
This book articulates a broad range of theoretical viewpoints, both classical and contemporary, in the field of the psychology of religion. Chapters One through Eight are overviews of such 'classical' theorists as William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow, Alan Watts, Erich Fromm, and Viktor Frankl. Chapters Nine through Twelve consider subsequent developments in the field, e.g., the views of object relations theorists on the God-image; empirical research on the scaling of religiousness; and modern consciousness research. Chapters Ten through Twelve are new to this edition and comprise an eclectic overview of the feminist psychology of religion, recent developments in the intersection of neuroscience and religion, and the evolutionary psychology of religion. Both wide-ranging and current, therefore, this book offers illuminating and in-depth coverage of major theorists and approaches. While its breadth makes it an excellent place to begin an exploration of the psychology of religion, its depth and detail provide the opportunity for a serious and rewarding immersion in the field.

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In this new edition, Andrew Fuller expands his original, meticulous digest of the views of a handful of classic psychologists of religion by expounding upon the research and reflections of a number of scholars whose work still lies on the periphery of the psychology of religion. Incorporated in detail are feminist perspectives, including the views of Mary Daly and Carol Gilligan; neurophenomenology and its return to subjective experience; and the writings of Manes Austin on meditation, Pascal Boyer on the origins and function of religion, and Daniel Dennett on religion as memes. These are most certainly perspectives of which students of the psychology of religion should be knowledgeable. (David M. Wulff, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Psychology, Wheaton College)

Like his earlier editions, this Fourth Edition of Psychology & Religion is a fine introduction to the classic perspectives that make the psychology of religion a fascinating subject. With the addition of recent developments in feminist psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology, this edition gives readers a rich and well-rounded view of the many theoretical perspectives that psychologists have used to understand religious thought.... (Michael Nielsen, Ph.D., professor, Georgia Southern University)

Like his earlier editions, this Fourth Edition of Psychology & Religion is a fine introduction to the classic perspectives that make the psychology of religion a fascinating subject. With the addition of recent developments in feminist psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology, this edition gives readers a rich and well-rounded view of the many theoretical perspectives that psychologists have used to understand religious thought. (Michael Nielsen, Ph.D., professor, Georgia Southern University)

About the Author

Andrew R. Fuller, Ph.D. is professor emeritus at The College of Staten Island, The City University of New York.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Read June 26 2011
By Aaron Nunez - Published on Amazon.com
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This thing is serious college level reading. At some points I didn't understand what the author was trying to say because he was using such advanced language. If this book were not a requirement for my class, I would never have bought it. It's a shame because it means only more educated people with a lot of time and patience to try and reread each chapter will really understand this. I don't fully agree with any of these guys in this book, but it seems they would all agree that bad religion forgets to take human experience into account, and good religion is meant to focus on achieving higher human potentials. I would also say that these theorists agree that humanity needs a new open-minded, non-judgemental way of looking at the human experience that is life and to take into account what it really means. Just saved you lots of reading.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of this topic April 25 2010
By murm - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a good overview of thought on this topic, this is an excellent book to have.
I used it for a research paper and ended up getting my own copy to have on hand. Best volume I've found
if you want to know what 8 major minds in the field of psychology said on this subject, along with other
theories and new developments. For good information organized in one place look no further.

An excellent reference book and an interesting read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 26 2014
By Jessica Warden - Published on Amazon.com
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required reading for school. Big eye opener
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book ever written Feb. 14 2009
By Lowell Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Put quite simply, this is the worst book I have ever had the painful experience of enduring.

This book, while grammatically correct, has the worst sentence structure and syntax I have ever seen. Bar none.
Meant to be a book to teach and instruct, it turns out to be a book that is infuriating, frustrating, and irritating. The author does an absolutely abysmal job of conveying meanings and interpretations of the original psychologists. He convolutes, overstates, and ruins any useful ideas by turning them into his own over written babbling.
It seems this author was more concerned with spouting his ideas and awful language than he ever was about teaching anything. He has done a serious disservice to students with this monstrosity.
Throughout the period I had to read this book, I found myself yearning for a even a 5 minute break to return to organic chemistry, or history texts. I would, quite literally, rather press tacks into my skin than read this abomination. I know I not alone in these feelings either, having found similar viewpoints from all of my fellow classmates.

Do yourself a favor. Do anything in your power to avoid reading this book.

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