Segments in this Video

What is Religion? (03:01)


Several experts define religion and its purpose. A shared belief in a divine power distinguishes the secular and the sacred.

Personal Perspective (03:13)

Psychology of religion focuses on personal religious experiences and beliefs. Dr. Ralph Hood considers the function of religion. See statistics on the five leading world religions; they share a universal moral imperative.

Psychological Benefits of Religion (04:49)

Religion offers explanations for what happens after death. Psychologists study how religion affects people's thoughts and behaviors. Experts discuss the God concept.

Understanding Faith (02:19)

Experts discuss the god concept and what it means when bad things happen; human response depends on one's perception of God.

Fundamentalism (02:12)

Religious leaders facilitated praying to gods for favors and assuaging fears. Gutenberg's printing press and the scientific Renaissance undermined the authority of traditional religious institutions.

"Varieties of Religious Experience" (02:02)

William James' book highlights religion based on personal experience; mysticism is the root of all religion.

Does God Exist? (03:45)

Sigmund Freud believed religion was an illusion. Experts discuss the need of humans to be part of the ideal and the different perspectives of Freud and Carl Jung; Jung's ideals are relevant today.

Achieving Transcendence (03:32)

Abraham Maslow found self-actualized individuals often had transcendental episodes. Altered states and transcendence are desired components of religious practice. The use of drugs is a controversial issue in the psychology of religion.

Religious Motivation (03:31)

Gordon Allport's orientation scale quantifies the relative value of intrinsic and extrinsic religious attitudes and beliefs. Albert Ellis believed that deifying a supernatural entity harmed mental health. Experts consider morality and social attitudes.

Faith Communities and Rituals (03:37)

Alfred Adler believed religion helped people overcome feelings of inferiority. Experts discuss the motivation of religious practices. Erik Erikson studied the importance of religious belief on personality development; rituals contain verbal and non-verbal elements.

Mass Psychology (02:37)

Religious rituals among fanatics can lead to murder and suicide for good of the faith. Experts consider religious practices of cult members. Psychology is a form of religion to some people.

Credits: Psychology of Religion (00:42)

Credits: Psychology of Religion

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This program considers the relationship between religion and cognition, discussing the work of Freud, Jung, James, Maslow, Allport, Ellis, Adler, and Erikson.

Length: 36 minutes

Item#: BVL115841

ISBN: 978-1-63521-161-0

Copyright date: ©2007

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