Bad Religion: The Psychology of Religious Misbehavior

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University Press of America, 2007 - Religion - 64 pages
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Bad Religion suggests that there are two classifications of religious people in the world: those that better the world through their faith, and those that cause harm and suffering through their religious misinterpretations. Bad Religion focuses on the latter group of individuals who practice "bad religion," by engaging in religious misconduct. Drawing from psychological research, Bad Religion examines the roots of religious indiscretion, traces the stages of development, examines the nature of people and personalities prone to religious misconduct, and suggests ways for them to maturely seek answers to the questions: "Who am I," and "What do I stand for?"
 

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Contents

Origins
4
The Experience of Wrongness
5
Unavoidable
6
MORE
8
Conversion
9
Gradual Conversion
10
Sudden Conversion and the Subconscious
11
CONCLUSION
13
What Stage One Religious Groups Do To Attract BelieverClones
34
Relationship by Contract
35
Refusal to Live in the Real World
36
God as Doter
37
Loss
38
Stage Two Believers
39
Nice Religion
40
Stage Two Believers and the Games They Play
42

Types
14
Frauds
15
Flakes
16
Morally Fickle
17
Zealots
18
A Failure at Life
19
The SelfMade Rich
20
Temporary Misfits
21
The Shame and GuiltRidden
22
The Denigration of Intellect
23
The Careless Disregard of New Knowledge
24
Rightness vs Compatibility
25
CONCLUSION
26
Stages
28
Sex and Violence
29
Imitation
30
Stage One Religion
31
The BelieverClone
32
Totemism
33
Projection
43
Sublimation
44
Group Conformity
45
The NonConformist
46
Hope and the Stage Two Zealot
47
Stage Two Zealots Who Practice Good Religion
48
Traits
50
What Should Heinz Do?
51
The Seven Traits of Good Religion
52
Forcefulness
53
Investigative
54
Integrated
55
Comprehensive
56
CONCLUSION
57
Conclusion
59
References
61
Index
63
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Michael L. Klassen is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and is the author of numerous journal articles and books.

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