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Religious And Spiritual Experiences

Author : Wesley J. Wildman
ISBN : 9781139495240
Genre : Religion
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What is the value of religious and spiritual experiences within human life? Are we evolutionarily programmed to have such experiences? How will emerging technologies change such experiences in the future? Wesley Wildman addresses these key intellectual questions and more, offering a spiritually evocative naturalist interpretation of the diverse variety of religious and spiritual experiences. He describes these experiences, from the common to the exceptional, and offers innovative classifications for them based on their neurological features and internal qualities. His account avoids reductionistic oversimplifications and instead synthesizes perspectives from many disciplines, including philosophy and natural sciences, into a compelling account of the meaning and value of religious and spiritual experiences in human life. The resulting interpretation does not assume a supernatural worldview but incorporates religious and spiritual experiences into a positive affirmation of this-worldly existence.
Category: Religion

An Introduction To Religious And Spiritual Experience

Author : Marianne Rankin
ISBN : 9781441101433
Genre : Religion
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This comprehensive new introduction looks at spiritual experiences from past to present, from the experiences of the founders of the major world religious traditions to events in the lives of ordinary people today. Mystical and Near Death Experiences are included. Examples are drawn from a variety of sources, including original accounts from the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre Archive at the University of Wales, Lampeter as well as many given to the author in person. Interpretations of these experiences follow, from religious, philosophical and scientific viewpoints. Various questions are considered. Is there a common core to spiritual experience? Do these experiences offer proof of the existence of God or of the possibility of survival of death? This fascinating work concludes with an evaluation of what can be learned about consciousness, religion and what it is to be human.
Category: Religion

Emotions And Spirituality In Religions And Spiritual Movements

Author : Erika Wilson
ISBN : 9780761859505
Genre : Psychology
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Applying recent psychological and neuropsychological studies of emotions, Wilson explores the role of emotions in major Eastern, Western, and primal religions, as well as in some contemporary spiritual movements. The book discusses several religions attitudes on how to handle positive and negative emotions. "
Category: Psychology

Exploring Sacred Landscapes

Author : Mary Lou Randour
ISBN : 0231070004
Genre : Psychology
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Exploring Sacred Landscapes offers mental health practitioners both a motivation and a rationale for taking into account the importance of spiritual struggle and religious experience in the lives of their patients. The six clinicians contributing to this volume provide an intimate look at the therapeutic process in which manifestations of the spiritual and the religious are used to understand and further that process. Drawing primarily on psychoanalytic theories but also including a Jungian perspective and a structural stage development view, these clinicians trace the developmental course of therapy, discuss their theoretical orientation, present their therapeutic interventions, and describe the nature of transference and countertransference reactions. Each detailed clinical case study includes a section that orients readers to the significance and impact of religion in the course of treatment. With its careful examination of the clinical process - how religious and spiritual strivings are manifested, the nuances of therapeutic intervention - this book builds an important bridge between clinical theory and practice.
Category: Psychology

Wired For God

Author : Charles Foster
ISBN : 9781444722055
Genre : Religion
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Human religious experiences are remarkably uniform; many can be pharmacologically induced. Recent research into the neurology of religious experience has shown that, when worshipping or praying, a certain part of the brain, apparently dormant during other activities, becomes active. What does all this mean for those of faith and those with none? In this fascinating book barrister Charles Foster takes a survey of the evidence - from shamans to medieval mystics, to out-of-body experiences and epilepsy, via Jerusalem and middle-class Christianity - and assesses its significance. Written in short, accessible chapters, this is a fascinating tour of religious and mystical experiences and their relation to human physiology.
Category: Religion

Understanding Religious Experiences

Author : J. Harold Ellens
ISBN : 027599547X
Genre : Religion
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Considers the meaning of spirituality in the context of religious experiences and looks to the Bible and other sources to uncover a greater understanding of spirituality in general.
Category: Religion

The Study Of Religious Experience

Author : Bettina E. Schmidt
ISBN : 1781792569
Genre : Experience (Religion)
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The renowned scientist Sir Alister Hardy approached the complex field of religious and spiritual experience in a similar disciplined and scientific manner in which he approached natural science. Asking people from the public to send him accounts of first-hand experiences with spiritual or religious powers, he established the Religious Experience Research Centre that has remained at the forefront of the academic study of religious experiences. This book will take his work forward and show how to study religious and spiritual experiences in the 21st century. The Study of Religious Experience aims to show how a range of disciplines - including anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, theology, biblical studies and history - approach the topic of religious experience, how this approach is applied and what contributions they make to the study of religious experience.
Category: Experience (Religion)

Intuitive Knowing As Spiritual Experience

Author : Phillip H. Wiebe
ISBN : 9781137543585
Genre : Philosophy
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This book is Wiebe's defense of the claim that a significant form of spiritual experience is found in 'knowing something we have no right to know'. He selects forty-five first-hand accounts from a data-base at the University of Wales to make his case, and, in solidarity with those people, recounts something of his own experience.
Category: Philosophy

Religion And Spirituality In The Life Cycle

Author : James Gollnick
ISBN : 0820474118
Genre : Psychology
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In recent years, profound changes have affected the way people view the role of religion and spirituality in the life cycle. For many people, spirituality, always considered an essential part of religion, has become an interest no longer tied to organized religion. This book addresses the evolving relationship of spirituality to religion in our time, and the consequences of this change for understanding personality development. It also applies the concept of implicit religion to show how the least easily observed aspects of religion are at work in the growth of personality.
Category: Psychology

The Heart Of Religion

Author : Matthew T. Lee
ISBN : 9780199986934
Genre : Social Science
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Drawing on an extensive survey of 1,200 Christian men and women across the United States, as well as 120 in-depth interviews, Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma, and Stephen G. Post offer a deeper and more nuanced study of religion and benevolence, finding that it is the experience of God as loving that activates religious networks and moves people to do good for others.
Category: Social Science