The psychological perspective on religious experience

Argyle, Michael (1997) The psychological perspective on religious experience. RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;8.

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It might be expected that those concerned with psychology and religion would have a lot in common: both are concerned with understanding human life and finding how to live it better. However, it turns out that each side knows very little about the other, and what they think they know is often wrong. Some kinds of psychology in the past have been definitely anti-religious, as in the case of ‘behaviourism', which is now extinct since all psychologists now recognise the importance of cognitive processes and even consciousness. There is also the fear that psychology will try to explain religion away in entirely human terms.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;8.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experience (Religion)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre > Second Series of Occasional Papers
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 12:01
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 10:37

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