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The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism - Ralph W. Hood

The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781593851507
Number Of Pages: 247

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This book presents a new psychological framework for understanding religious fundamentalism, one that distinguishes fundamentalist traditions from other faith-based groups and helps explain the thinking and behavior of believers. Steering clear of stereotypes, the highly regarded authors offer respectful, historically informed examinations of several major fundamentalist groups. Focusing primarily on Protestant sects, including the Church of God (a Pentecostal denomination), the serpent-handling sects of Appalachia, and the Amish, the book also discusses Islamic fundamentalism. Addressed are such key themes as the role of the sacred text within fundamentalism; how beliefs and practices that many find difficult to comprehend actually fit into coherent meaning systems; and how these meaning systems help meet individuals' needs for purpose, value, and self-worth.

'This is an important work, and it is easily the best work in the psychology of religion in a decade.' - Darren E. Sherkat, PhD, Department of Sociology, Southern Illinois University

Introduction
Fundamentalist Religion as an Intratextual Search for Meaning
Fundamentalism as a Meaning System
The History of Protestant Fundamentalism
Fundamentalism in a Pentecostal Denomination: The Church of God (of Prophecy)
Fundamentalism among Religious Serpent-Handling Sects
Fundamentalism among the Amish
Fundamentalist Islam
Intratextuality, Stereotyping, and Quasi-Fundamentalisms Epilogue
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ISBN: 9781593851507
ISBN-10: 1593851502
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.46