Psychology of Religion: Autobiographical Accounts - Path in Psychology (Paperback)Jacob A. van Belzen (editor)
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Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 444 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
Edition: 2012 ed.
From the reviews:
"This volume will have a lasting place on library shelves as testimony that will be consulted by anybody with an interest in the development of the field and in the work of any of the contributors. The chapters can nicely supplement the prior knowledge one may have of the work of the contributors, or they can serve as an introduction to the academic personalities of those one has not yet read." (Michael Stausberg, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Vol. 24 (2), 2014)
"This is a collection of autobiographies of people who made a difference in the psychology of religion. ... The book demonstrates that the psychology of religion is flourishing and not simply a relic of the early days of psychology. ... The intended audience includes `readers in general psychology, religious studies, and philosophy of science.' ... The authors, who represent many different theological perspectives, are willing to discuss their triumphs and tragedies. The book will inspire readers who want to learn more about this field." (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Review Service, June, 2012)
This volume of autobiographical accounts from some of the most
famous international scholars in the psychology of religion will appeal to psychologists of religion and those interested in the discipline, as well as intellectual historians interested in tracing an irreducibly complex area of study that is undisputedly more heterogeneous than its parent discipline of psychology. Rather than providing pat answers to the origins and vicissitudes of the theories in this discipline, the editor brilliantly employs autobiographical accounts to provide the interpreter the freedom necessary to discover pattern, contradiction, and to discover the ways in which psychology of religion has mounted a modest resurgence in the contemporary era after an ostensible disciplinary death. This book chronicles the survival of a marginalized discipline of study through very hard times and is therefore a contribution to understanding the ways in which larger historical patterns condition the validity and usefulness of types of knowledge; this enormous task is masterfully executed with apparent ease through idiosyncratic autobiographical accounts. It remains moot whether or not the proper autobiographies have been chosen and what cause this will have on future interpreters of the discipline and this book. This weakness is accounted for by the editor's frank admission in his well-written introduction.
Joseph M. Kramp
John Jay College (CUNY)
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