What are we talking about?
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
I open them it all comes back again.
I think I made you up inside my head.
Let us begin with some definitions:
The study of behavior, particularly human behavior. Its
root comes from the Greek word, psyche, for soul.
We often use the word religion where we actually refer
to a specific religious tradition, such as Christianity, Buddhism, or
Judaism. The worldviews which underlie these traditions are very
different. Religion comes from the root words
religio, the feeling and experience of coming in touch with
a greater-than-human power, and religare, to bind together
Not all religions share a belief in a personal god or divine manifestation.
Tillich describes it this way:
If we abstract the concept of religion from the great commandment, we can
say that religion is being ultimately concerned about that which is and should be
our ultimate concern. This means that faith is the state of being grasped by an
ultimate concern. Such a concept of religion has little in common with the
description of a highest being called, God, and the theoretical and practical
consequences of such a belief. Instead, we are pointing to an existential, not
a theoretic, understanding of religion(Theology of Culture).
Psychology of Religion
While acknowledging that religion is far more than the sum of its
components, we can examine the psychological factors of religious
Religious Feelings and states
Religious Behaviors, such as rites, and
Religious Cognition and Faith Events,
such as Crises of Faith
Physiological Conditions coincident
with Religious Feelings and Behaviors
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