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Mary Whitehouse & Rick Hollings

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 102: Psychology and Religion

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Psychology and Religion
Psychology and religion
No matter what the world thinks about religious experience, the one who has it possesses a great treasure, a thing that has become for him a source of life, meaning and beauty, and that has given a new splendor to the world and to mankind…. Where is the criterion by which you could say that such a life is not legitimate, that such an experience is not valid?—Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion

The relation between psychology and religion has been complex and variable since its inception in the early years of the 20th century. At best, the two have had a healthy respect for each other; at worst, condescending disdain. Yet the present state of affairs suggests a greater understanding and ...

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