Attachment, Evolution, and the Psychology of Religion

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Guilford Press, 2005 - Psychology - 400 pages
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In this provocative and engaging book, Lee Kirkpatrick establishes a broad, comprehensive framework for approaching the psychology of religion from an evolutionary perspective. Within this framework, attachment theory provides a powerful lens through which to reconceptualize diverse aspects of religious belief and behavior. Rejecting the notion that humans possess religion-specific instincts or adaptations, Kirkpatrick argues that religion instead emerges from numerous psychological mechanisms and systems that evolved for other functions. This integrative work will spark discussion, debate, and future research among anyone interested in the psychology of religion, attachment theory, and evolutionary psychology, as well as religious studies. It will also serve as a text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses.

From Lee Kirkpatrick, winner of the APA Division 36 William James Award for outstanding and sustained contributions to the psychology of religion
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
INTRODUCTION TO ATTACHMENT THEORY
25
GOD AS AN ATTACHMENT FIGURE
52
Individual Differences in Images of God
81
Other Forms of Attachment or Not in Religion
90
Summary and Conclusions
99
Socialization as an Alternative Explanation
117
Summary and Conclusions
125
ADAPTATION OR
214
Problems with the ReligionasInstinct View
224
Religion as an Evolutionary Byproduct Not an Adaptation
232
Summary and Conclusions
238
Kinship
246
Coalitional Psychology
258
Summary and Conclusions
266
LEARNING RATIONALITY
300

Contextual Factors in Religious Change
145
Summary and Conclusions
158
DomainSpecificity and the MentalOrgans Model
167
Individual Differences in Evolutionary Context
174
Politics Music and Sports
183
Childhood Attachment in Modern
189
Science Revisited
325
TOWARD AN EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
331
NOTES
355
REFERENCES
364
INDEX
387
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Page 366 - Patterns of attachment mating and parenting: An evolutionary interpretation. Human Nature, 8, 361-381. Belsky, J. (1999). Modern evolutionary theory and patterns of attachment.
Page 364 - Ainsworth, MDS (1982). Attachment: Retrospect and prospect. In CM Parkes & J. Stevenson-Hinde (Eds.), The place of attachment in human behavior (pp. 3-30). New York: Basic Books. Ainsworth, MDS, Blehar, MC, Waters, E., & Wall, S.

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Lee A. Kirkpatrick, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters on topics related to adult attachment, the psychology of religion, and evolutionary psychology.

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