Psychology of Religion

Autobiographical Accounts

  • Jacob A. Belzen

Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Donald Capps
    Pages 43-52
  3. Ralph W. Hood Jr.
    Pages 107-131
  4. Kate Miriam Loewenthal, Kate Miriam Loewenthal, Kate Miriam Loewenthal, Kate Miriam Loewenthal
    Pages 133-153
  5. Pavel Říčan
    Pages 167-184
  6. Ana-María Rizzuto
    Pages 185-200
  7. Daniel Anders Hjalmar Sundén, Jacob A. Belzen
    Pages 233-242
  8. David M. Wulff
    Pages 249-274
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 275-281

About this book


Psychology of Religion: Autobiographical Accounts

Jacob A. Belzen, editor


In recent years, psychology of religion has experienced a remarkable comeback: research is expanding rapidly, benefiting from a genial scientific infrastructure. An important issue in psychology over a century ago, only a few decades later it vanished almost completely. Its unexpected international reemergence since the seventies has been facilitated by the work of visionaries with the energy and stamina to revive an entire branch of psychology.

In Psychology of Religion: Autobiographical Accounts, a number of these pioneers account for their development in this area, depicting the diverse contexts of their work, the difficulties they had to deal with, and the increasing contemporary possibilities for their field. Critical about their discipline and sometimes about themselves, they offer a unique assessment of the subject and show the way to further research and development. Thought-provoking topics discussed along the way include:

  • The challenge of approaching religion from a psychological perspective.
  • Psychology of religion as a natural extension of mainstream psychology.
  • Why psychology of religion will continue to gain salience over time.


Psychology of Religion: Autobiographical Accounts will appeal to readers in general psychology, religious studies, and philosophy of science. Editor Jacob A. Belzen graduated in social sciences (Utrecht, Netherlands), history (Amsterdam, Netherlands), philosophy (Leuven, Belgium) and sciences of religion (Turku, Finland). He is a full professor at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in cultural psychology of religion, while also actively involved in empirical research on the history of his field. Recipient of various international awards, he counts among Europe’s best-known psychologists of religion.


Philosophy of psychology Psychoanalysis and religion Psychology of religion Religious studies Spirituality Theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacob A. Belzen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1601-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1602-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-048X
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