Overview of Psychology of Religion

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					Overview of Psychology of Religion
What is Psychology of Religion about?

Impact of Religion on the Person
• Are religious people happier, better adjusted, more stable, etc. or the opposite? • Are religious people healthier? Do they recover from disease more often? • Are religious people more moral, more faithful, less likely to cheat? • Bad religion; when religion destroys

Impact of Psychological Processes on Religion
• Children’s religion and developmental stages
– Cognitive development – Moral development

• Adolescent religiosity • Changes in religiosity in adulthood and old age.

Religious conversion
• Types of conversion
– Sudden conversion – Gradual conversion – Religious socialization

• Psychological processes underlying conversion

Mystical experience
• What are the characteristics of mystical experience • When are mystical experiences most likely to occur • Who has mystical experiences


				
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