JAMES W JONES, PSY.D, PH.D, TH.D*

Interests

Religion and Psychology

Religion And Terrorism and Violence

Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Religion and Mental and Physical Health

Religion and Science, especially epistemology and neuroscience

*Honorary Doctorate. In January 2003, Dr. Jones received an honorary doctoral degree from one of the oldest faculties of one of the oldest universities in Europe - the Theology/Religious Studies Faculty of the University of Uppsala in an elaborate and moving ceremony involving receiving a ceremonial hat, ring, and diploma and the firing of a cannon salute. Click here for pictures from the ceremony.

Books

New Book from Oxford University Press

Blood That Cries Out From the Earth: The Psychology of Religious Terrorism

 

A groundbreaking approach to the understanding of  terrorism,

blending insights from religious studies with clinical psychology

 

Religious terrorism has become the scourge of the modern world. What causes a person to kill innocent strangers in the name of religion? As both a clinical psychologist and an authority on comparative religion, James W. Jones is uniquely qualified to address this increasingly urgent question.  Research on the psychology of violence shows that several factors work to make ordinary people become dangerous to others. These include feelings of humiliation or shame, a tendency to see the world in black and white, and demonization or dehumanization of other people. Authoritarian religion, Jones shows, is a particularly rich source of such ideas and feelings, which he finds throughout the writings of Islamic jihadists, such as the 9/11 conspirators. Jones goes on to apply this model to two very different religious groups that have engaged in violence: Aum Shinrikyo, the Buddhist splinter group behind the sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway system, and members of the extreme religious right in the U.S. who have advocated and committed violence against abortion providers. Jones notes that not every adherent of an authoritarian group will turn to violence, and he shows how theories of personality development can help us understand why certain individuals are easily recruited to perform terrorist acts.

 

More at WWW.Bloodthatcriesout.com 

WAKING FROM NEWTON'S SLEEP: DIALOGUES ON SPIRITUALITY IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE

 

Must religion and science conflict?
Tim, a chemical engineer, gradually finds his exclusive reliance on science being called into question by the events of his life, by his dreams, and by discussions with his coworker Matt and Matt's wife June. Their conversations probe, debate, and explore whether science alone is sufficient to explain everything, how science and religion might coexist, whether science might lead toward a spiritual path, and what sort of spirituality might be both life-transforming and congruent with modern science. Tim struggles, resists, and, in spite of himself, finds his viewpoint slowly changing. Tim's story illustrates the finding of a spiritual path in a scientific age, not through a drastic crisis but rather through a gradual process of becoming open to new experiences and rethinking old assumptions.

 

 

THE MIRROR OF GOD: CHRISTIAN FAITH AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - LESSONS FROM BUDDHISM AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

More about The Mirror of God

 

TERROR AND TRANSFORMATION: THE AMBIGUITY OF RELIGION IN PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE

More about Terror and Transformation.

 

Current Academic Positions

Professional Accomplishments

Address

Department of Religion, Rutgers University, 70 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901-8525. Phone: 732-932-9623

email: jwj@rci.rutgers.edu

Full vitae is available at the Religion Department Website or at my CV(.doc) or my new CV

 

Course Material

Healing course syllabus.

Psychology and Religion Course Syllabus

Seminar: American Psychoanalysis and Religion

Religious Thought Syllabus and Lecture Outlines

Religion and Science

Seminar: Neuroscience and the Religious Self

Seminar: Meditation and Psychophysiology


Last edited on 6/1/08