Advanced Methodologies: in the Scientific Study of Religion and Spirituality

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Xlibris Corporation, Jul 26, 2010 - Religion - 326 pages
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During much of twentieth century, social scientists were predicting that religious would gradually diminish and disappear with the spread of science, education movements in many parts of the world, a source of both hope and concern in the twenty-first century. Alongside this trend, the last decade saw a resurgence of interest in the scientific study of religious and spiritual phenomena among researchers in diverse fields. Psychology, sociology ,and anthropology still play central roles in such studies, but these disciplines are now supplemented by economics, epidemiology, evolutionary psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral genetics, among others.
 

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Contents

Contributors
Returning God to the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Religious Evolution from the Perspective of Complexity Studies
Strengths and Weaknesses in the Field of Spirituality and Health
A Skeptics View
The Cognitive Neuroscientific Study of Religion and Spirituality
The Psychology of Spirituality and Human Flourishing
Introduction Grassie
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William Grassie received his doctorate in religion from Temple University in 1994 and his bachelor degree in political science from Middlebury College in 1979. He has taught in a variety of positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, City College of New York, and Pendle Hill. Prior to graduate school he worked for ten years in international relations and confl ict resolution in Washington DC, Jerusalem, Berlin, and Philadelphia. He is the recipient of a number of academic awards and grants from the American Friends Service the the Roothbert Fellowship, and the John Templeton Foundation. In 2007-2008, Grassie served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In 1997 Grassie founded what became the Metanexus Institute. Promoting the constructive engagement of religion and science, Metanexus works with over four hundred universities in forty-fi ve countries. For more information visit www.metanexus.net.

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