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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 102: 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 ...