Religion and the Individual: A Social-Psychological Perspective

Paperback | March 1, 1993

byC. Daniel Batson, Patricia Schoenrade, W. Larry Ventis

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In a thoroughly revised edition of this popular text, the authors use methods of social psychology to explore the personal rather than the institutional perspective of religious experience, and to describe and analyze this uniquely human and universal behavior in scientific terms. A newchapter has been included on individual development and personal religion, and there is a new section on music and language as facilitators of religious experience. Also, the authors present the latest version of their three-dimensional model for assessing personal religion as a means, end, andquest, and include clarification and evaluation of that model in light of criticisms of earlier versions. Nearly 100 studies done during the last decade have been added to the analysis of the relation between personal religion and mental health, and recent evidence has been included to expand thediscussion of the social consequences of personal religion. This fascinating, controversial work will challenge and enlighten students of psychology, sociology, and religious studies.

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In a thoroughly revised edition of this popular text, the authors use methods of social psychology to explore the personal rather than the institutional perspective of religious experience, and to describe and analyze this uniquely human and universal behavior in scientific terms. A newchapter has been included on individual developmen...

C. Daniel Batson is at University of Kansas, Lawrence. Patricia Schoenrade is at William Jewell College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Toward a Social Psychology of ReligionPART I: Sources of Personal Religion2. Social Sources of Personal Religion3. Individual Development and Personal ReligionPART II: Nature of Personal Religion4. Religious Experience and Personal Transformation5. Facilitators of Religious Experience6. Dimensions of Personal ReligionPART III: Consequences of Personal Religion7. Personal Freedom or Bandage?8. Mental Health or Sickness9. Brothers-and-Sisters or Sheep-and-Goats10. Concern for Others or Self-ConcernPART IV: Implications11. Is Religion on Our Side?

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"Triumphantly escapes being trivial, tedious and irrelevant. Indeed, it is a most stimulating and challenging book which poses many important questions. . . . clearly and lightly written throughout. This book will be an important and possibly chastening stimulus and resource for teachers,students and practitioners in practical theology and pastoral care." --Contact, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies