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An Introduction to the Psychology of Religion - Robert H. Thouless

An Introduction to the Psychology of Religion

Paperback Published: 6th March 1972
ISBN: 9780521096652
Number Of Pages: 164

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The third edition of this successful book, which applies the science of psychology to problems of religion. Dr Thouless explores such questions as: why do people believe? Why are their beliefs often held with irrational strength? How are changes in belief systems related to mental health? What are reasonable attitudes towards alternative belief systems? This edition includes samples of the experimental and statistical studies of religious problems, including the author's own study of the strength of religious beliefs. This edition also pays more attention to the problems of non-Christian religious systems, with special consideration given to the problems of mutual toleration. Finally Dr Thouless considers whether it is reasonable for modern man to adhere to any religious belief system. This is an excellent textbook for students of the social sciences, particularly psychology and theology, and will also interest the general reader who has an intellectual curiosity about religion.

'Quite admirable ... no more competent and instructive manual could be put into the hands of students ... here is a book which drives nonsense and vagueness out of the mind.' Hibbert Journal

Preface
How the psychological study of religion began
Psychology and religion
The psychological roots of religion
The social factor in religion
The natural factor in religion
The moral conflict
The emotional factor in religion
Religion and human needs
The intellectual factor in religion
Religion and psychotherapy
Psychical research and religion
The psychology of prayer
The psychology of meditation
The psychology of conversion
Mysticism
Practical problems of religious diversity
The empirical argument for religious faith
Index
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ISBN: 9780521096652
ISBN-10: 0521096650
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 6th March 1972
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 3

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