Adieu to God: Why Psychology Leads to Atheism

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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

A Short History of Religion
The Psychology of ReligionThe Varieties of Normal Experience
The Psychology of ReligionThe Varieties of Abnormal Experience
Social Structures and Religion
Religious Wars
Religion and Health
How to Be a Healthy Atheist
References
Author Index
Subject Index
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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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