Preface; 1. Concepts and approaches; 2. Psychoanalysis; 3. Genetics and evolution; 4. Brain and cognition; 5. Religious experience; 6. Religious practices; 7. Religious beliefs and thinking; 8. Spirituality; 9. Development aspects; 10. Varieties and types; 11. Health and adjustment; 12. Personal transformation; 13. Scripture and doctrine; 14. Human nature and personality; 15. Summing-up; Further reading; References.
This book gives an up-to-date overview and evaluation of what psychology tells us about religious beliefs, practices, and experiences.
Fraser Watts has combined a distinguished career as a psychologist with a distinguished record in theology and religious studies. For almost twenty years at the University of Cambridge, he led one of the largest research groups in psychology and religion. He received the American Psychological Association William Bier Award, and founded the Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion.
'In a reflective survey of psychology and religion, Fraser Watts, psychologist, theologian, and Anglican priest, has produced a remarkable book. It is a highly selective and focused assessment of what in numerous handbooks (all referenced by Watts) take hundreds, even thousands, of pages to survey. ... His book should be mandatory reading for psychologists currently involved in studying religion ...' Ralph W. Hood, Jr, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion