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Religious phenomena and their interpretations
DEFINING PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
RELEVANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DATA AND FINDINGS
Explanations and research hypotheses
Origin hypotheses
ORIGIN HYPOTHESES
MAINTENANCE HYPOTHESES
CONSEQUENCE HYPOTHESES
TESTING THE EXPLANATIONS
V ARIABILITY IN RELIGIOSITY
RULES OF THE GAME: ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE
DESCRIPTIONS, SURVEYS, AND MEASURES OF RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOUR
Ritual and clergy
RITES OF PASSAGE
WORSHIP IN GROUPS
THE CLERGY
CONCLUSION
Religious experience
SURVEYS OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Table 5.1 Greeley's descriptors of religious experience (RE)
THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Table 5.3 Religious experience in Britain
DEMOGRAPHIC VARIATIONS IN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES
EXPERIMENTAL INDUCTION OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES
Table 5.7 Religious imagery during psychedelic (LSD) experience
Table 5.8 Religious experiences under LSD
THE EFFECT OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES
BACKGROUND AND PERSONALITY FACTORS
EXPLANATIONS OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
THE SOCIAL ASPECT OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES
CONCLUSIONS AND FINAL COMMENTS
FAMILY INFLUENCES
PARENTAL IMAGES AND THE DEITIES
FORMAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
DIFFERENCES IN DENOMINATIONS AND TRADITIONS
CONVERSION
RECRUITMENT
RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGNS
RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
APOSTASY, ATHEISM, AND DISBELIEF
GENDER DIFFERENCES
AGE AND RELIGIOSITY
SOCIAL CLASS AND COMMUNITY SIZE
CONCLUSIONS
The effect of individual differences in personality and ability
THE EFFECTS OF HEREDITY
GENERAL PERSONALITY TRAITS
SELF-ESTEEM
AUTHORITARIANISM
DOGMATISM AND COGNITIVE COMPLEXITY
SUGGESTIBILITY
LOCUS OF CONTROL
INTRINSIC AND EXTRINSIC RELIGIOSITY
Religiosity
PERSONALITY AND INTENSE FORMS OF RELIGIOSITY
DYNAMICS OF HANDLING GUILT AND ANGER
INTELLIGENCE AND OTHER ABILITIES
THE RELIGIOSITY OF ACADEMICS AND PROFESSIONALS
HAPPINESS AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE
FEAR OF DEATH
SUICIDE
HELPING, COMPASSION, HONESTY, AND ALTRUISM
SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
SUMMARY: INDIVIDUAL FUNCTIONING
FERTILITY
DIVORCE
CRIME AND DEVIANCE
WORK AND ACHIEVEMENT
Table 11.3 Denomination and achievement in the USA
PREJUDICE AND ETHNOCENTRISM
POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT
SOCIAL INTEGRATION OR SOCIAL EXCLUSION
Evidence, inferences, and interpretations
THE PROBLEM OF CROSS-CULTURAL GENERALIZATIONS
OTHER PROBLEMS IN TESTING THEORETICAL EXPLANATIONS
EVIDENCE FOR SPECIFIC PROPOSITIONS
Problem
Table 12.2 Individual religiosity: a general model
References
Author index
Subject index
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[1997] the Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience

[1997] the Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience

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