religion

I was interested to read Ann Wood’s description of her experience as a member of a spirituality group at a rehabilitation unit (‘People first, science second’, June 2015), not the least because articles in The Psychologist that deal with religion are almost as rare as the...

It has been suggested that religion and spirituality is psychiatry’s ‘last taboo’, and that the spiritual beliefs of service users are frequently ‘pathologised’ by mental health practitioners (see the Mental Health Foundation report from 2007, Keeping the Faith, tinyurl.com/...

During a 1945 lecture in Paris, Jean-Paul Sartre offered the following useful metaphor for God: When we think of God as the creator, we are thinking of him, most of the time, as a superior artisan… When God creates he knows precisely what he is creating. Thus, the conception...

I imagine that some people reading this may be surprised to recognise your name as a past President of the BPS and perhaps see what you’re doing now as a theologian and priest as inconsistent with being a psychologist. What was your journey to where you are today?...

Over the last couple of decades a substantial literature has developed that considers how mental health practitioners might respond respectfully and constructively to clients’ religious and spiritual issues. Some psychologists might wonder why we would want to do this. Within...

Psychology is thought of as a relatively new discipline, but its subject matter has been addressed throughout the more ancient history of philosophy and theology. Early thinking on the nature of piety and religion followed a number of trends.

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Early 20th-century interest in religion and mental health was sparked by Freud’s view of religion as intrinsically neurotic. Freud described religion and its rituals as a collective neurosis, which, he suggested, could save a person the effort of forming an individual...

Why is religion so common around the world? Why do some religious ideas and practices out-compete others? Why do religious practices take on common characteristics across cultures, and how deeply imbedded in human history and nature is religion? The cognitive science of...