Adieu to God: Why Psychology Leads to Atheism (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2012 - Religion - 216 pages
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Adieu to God examines atheism from a psychological perspective and reveals how religious phenomena and beliefs are psychological rather than supernatural in origin.
  • Answers the psychological question of why, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, do religions continue to prosper?
  • Looks at atheism and religion using a fair and balanced approach based on the latest work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry and medicine
  • Acknowledges the many psychological benefits of religion while still questioning the validity of its supernatural belief systems and providing atheist alternatives to a fulfilling life
      

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    Contents

    1 A Short History of Religion
    1
    2 The Psychology of ReligionThe Varieties of Normal Experience
    33
    3 The Psychology of ReligionThe Varieties of Abnormal Experience
    61
    4 Social Structures and Religion
    89
    5 Religion Power and Control
    113
    6 Religion and Health
    141
    7 How to Be a Healthy Atheist
    167
    References
    181
    Author Index
    191
    Subject Index
    195
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    About the author (2012)

    Mick Power is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, as well as a practicing Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Guy's Hospital and Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals. Raised as a Catholic, Power became an atheist at 16.

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