The Nature of the Problem

  • Graham Richards
Part of the Library of the History of Psychological Theories book series (LHPT)


Serious historical studies of the relationships between Psychology and Christianity are oddly scarce. Given the topic’s centrality to any understanding of how ideas about ‘human nature’ have altered since the late nineteenth century, and their various Psychological causes, effects and reflections, one might expect it to have received intense attention. Yet it rarely enters the limelight in the copious literatures on ‘modernist modes of subjectivity’, ‘secularisation’ and cultural history, or in the specialist histories of either Psychology or religion. It is worth considering possible reasons for this apparent lacuna before proceeding further:
  1. (a)

    The story seems too obvious and simple to need spelling out.

  2. (b)

    Lack of interest in religion by post-modernist scholars.

  3. (c)

    Marginalisation of the topic within histories of both Psychology and religion because of their received agendas.

  4. (d)

    The issue has been subsumed in the concept of ‘secularisation’.



Late Nineteenth Century Cultural Power Modernist Mode Nineteenth Century Onward Copious Literature 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graham Richards BooksTunbridge WellsUnited Kingdom

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