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Psychology of Religion

St. Xavier University, Chicago Illinois
Spring 1997 Semester
Instructor: David P. Smith


Schedule

Week 1 (January 30, 1997)

Introduction:
Expectations about ³Psychology² and ³Religion²/definition of terms-Handouts
Background and approach of course
Class exercise: the Religious Experience Profile

Week 2 (February, 06, 1997)
Science and Religion-How We Know.

Readings:
Wells, The Definition of Religion (in packet)
Goldstein, What is Science? (in packet)
Sagan, Ch. 10 and 12 from The Demon-Haunted World (in packet)

Week 3 (February, 13, 1997)
Interpretive Approaches to the Study of Religion

Readings:
Paden, Interpreting the Sacred, Ch.1, 2, 7 and 8 (in packet

Week 4 (February, 20 , 1997)
Overview of the Psychology of Religion

Readings:
Biet-Hallahmi, ³The Psychology of Religion² pp. 1-61

Week 5 (February, 27, 19977)
Sigmund Freud and the Psychoanalytic Tradition

Readings:
Goodenough, What is Religion? (in packet)
Freud, Future of an Illusion, Ch. 1-5

Week 6 (March, 06, 1997)

Critiques of Freud
Readings:
Freud, Future of an Illusion, Ch. 5-10

Week 7 (March, 13, 1997)

Sigmund Freud and Carl G. Jung

Readings:
Jung, Psychology and Religion pp. 1-65

Week 8 (March, 20 , 1997)

Carl G. Jung and the Analytic Tradition
Readings:
Jung, Psychology and religion pp. 66-135
Wallace, Religion: An Anthropological View, pp. 13-31

Week 9 (April 3, 1997) MIDTERM 7-10 pages
American Psychology of Religion

Readings:
James,Varities of Religious Experience Lectures.1-3
excerpts from Lectures 4-10

Week 10 (April 10, 1997)
James and Pragmatic Approaches to Religion

Readings:
James, Varities of Religious Experience Lectures.19 and 20

Week 11(April 17, 1997)
Humanistic Psychology and Religion

Readings:
Allport, G. W., The individual and his religion. Ch. 1-3

Week 12 (April 24, 1997)
Influence of Allport on Empirical Studies of Religion

Readings:
Allport, G. W., The individual and his religion. Ch. 3-6

Week 13 (May 01, 1997)
Physiology and Personality of Religion

Readings:
Winkelman, Trance States (in packet)
Batson,Schoenrade and Ventis. ch. 5 and 6. (in packet

Week14 (May 08, 1997)
Humanistic to Transpersonal Perspectives in Psychology

Readings:
Maslow, A. H. , Religions, values and peak experiences. Ch. 1-8

Week 15 (May 15, 1997)
Contemporary Research and Trends

Readings:
Meadow, "Current and Emerging Themes in the Psychology of Religion"(in packet)
Batson, "An Agenda Item for Psychology of Religion: Getting Respect" (in packet

Week 16 (May 22, 1997)

FINAL-Research paper due (15-20 pages)

Review and Questions


The course schedule is subject to some modification. Documentary videos and guest lecturers will be incorporated into the curriculum.

Required Texts:


Suggested References for Study and Research:
References and suggested readings and resources for the psychology of religion:

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