Psychology, The Human Sciences, And Religion

Raymond F. Paloutzian

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Psychology, The Human Sciences, And Religion

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Three of the five integrative themes in this article seem straightforward: the path of the research, the role of the psychology of religion, and the methods–theory–methods feedback loop. The other two are pivotal. The multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm and the model of religion as a meaning system may be intellectual devices that can foster more expansive research programmes and more visionary theoretical integration. The psychology of religion has developed to such a degree during the past quarter-century that its contributions to the science–religion dialogue are compelling. The boundaries within the subdisciplines of psychology are diminishing, and in their place, people see the rise of research that pulls together ideas from previously isolated lines of work. Similarly, cross-fertilization of psychological research with allied fields has increased, and this trend will continue.

Keywords: science–religion dialogue; psychology; social psychology; feedback loop; religion; meaning system

Article.  8035 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Sociology of Religion

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