The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Religion - 318 pages
Because society is increasingly secular, it may seem irrelevant to consider the psychology of religion. But the diversity of our multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society in fact makes religion more important to the social sciences than it has ever been before. What are the social consequences of religion? Every day the news is full of events that can be blamed on religion perpetrated by a range of groups from whole societies to individuals.
Beit-Hallami and Argyle are renowned for their clear, analytical approach to topics and this new, state-of-the-art study of psychology and religion is no exception. It will be welcomed as an update to their previous work in the area by social psychologists, sociologists and theologians worldwide.
 

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Contents

Explanations and research hypotheses
10
methods of studying religious phenomena
34
Ritual and clergy
49
Religious experience
73
socialization and continuity
97
conversion religious
114
gender age class
139
The effect of individual differences in personality and ability
163
individual level
184
group level
208
Evidence inferences and interpretations
230
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