Emotions and Spirituality in Religions and Spiritual Movements (Paperback)
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Emotions and Spirituality in Religions and Spiritual Movements (Paperback)

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Paperback 220 Pages / Published: 19/07/2012
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Applying recent psychological and neuropsychological studies of emotions, Erika Wilson explores the role of emotions in major Eastern, Western, and primal religions, as well as in some contemporary spiritual movements. The book tries to answer the following questions: What kinds of emotions and spiritual experiences arise in individuals and groups during prayer, conversions, rituals, meditations, and other spiritual practices? Which positive emotions are valued most in a particular religion or spiritual movement? How do these attitudes relate to their respective historical context? And finally, how does each religious or spiritual teaching recommend handling negative emotions?

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761859505
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 229 x 151 x 14 mm


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Erika Wilson's text is an important contribution to an understanding of the psychology of religion. It offers remarkable insights into the role and valuation of feeling in a number of religions and spiritual movements. . . . This work is highly recommended for both students and professionals in psychology and religious studies as well as for the general reader. -- Robert S. Ellwood, (University of Southern California)
. . . Erika Wilson takes us on an original trip through spiritual experiences [and] the religions' respective valuation of particular positive emotions . . . [and] negative emotions. Perhaps newest of all in a book on religion is her inclusion of the discoveries of cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists on religious experiential phenomena. -- John P. Crossley, Ph.D., emeritus professor of religion, University of Southern California
In [this book], Erika Wilson displays her commanding grasp of, on the one hand, the latest developments in psychology of religion and neuropsychology, and, on the other, of the emotions people experience in . . . spiritual practices across cultures. . . . It is a magnum opus and a wonderfully helpful gift to the study of religion and human experience. -- Franz Metcalf, Ph.D., author and lecturer of religious studies, California State University, Los Angeles

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