Religion and Psychology
Religion And Terrorism and Violence
Spirituality and Psychotherapy
Religion and Mental and Physical Health
Religion and Science, especially epistemology and neuroscience
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
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.
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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
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