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The Psychology of Religion

A Short Introduction

Designed for students and general readers alike, this new introduction to the psychology of religion offers a thorough coverage of the subject, from its troubled history to the latest theories. Drawing from a wide of cultures and faiths, the book considers the key themes of the psychology of religion. This book, accompanied by diagrams and case studies, ensures that readers of all levels will gain an understanding of such complex topics as the relationship between religion and moral belief and the development of faith. Other areas covered include: prayer, prophecy and conversion - the nature of religious behaviour; religious beliefs, and their influence on emotional well-being; disorders of the mid - the relationship between religion and psychopathology; the controversial question of religion and prejudice. This book should be of interest to scholars, students and all those interested in the subject.

'The book contains a wealth of current material, presented with a critical eye.' - Christopher Lewis, University of Ulster