The Psychology of Religion

Pages: 192
Subject: Religion
Imprint: Oneworld

The Psychology of Religion

A Short Introduction

Kate Miram Loewenthal

This introduction looks at why people turn to religion, what they find, and how it affects their emotional wellbeing and their attitude to guilt affection and other areas of human feeling. It ranges over psychosis, depression, love and hate; the areas in which religion and psychology meet.
9781851682126 (3 Feb 2000)
RRP £19.00 / US$27.00

The Book

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

Additional Information

Subject Religion
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

kate loewenthal is a Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she runs a highly popular course on the psychology of religion. As a respected expert in this field, her work has been widely published in both book and journal form.


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

Table of Contents

1 Psychology and religion 1

2. Religion and psychology 14

3. Religiou behaviour 27

4. Religious thoughts 58

5. Religious Feelings 76

6. How Religion can affect behaviour, thought and feeling 114