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Adieu to God. Why Psychology Leads to Atheism. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5225196
  • Book
  • February 2012
  • 214 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Adieu to God examines atheism from a psychological perspective and reveals how religious phenomena and beliefs are psychological rather than supernatural in origin.
  • Answers the psychological question of why, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, do religions continue to prosper?
  • Looks at atheism and religion using a fair and balanced approach based on the latest work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry and medicine
  • Acknowledges the many psychological benefits of religion while still questioning the validity of its supernatural belief systems and providing atheist alternatives to a fulfilling life
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Preface ix

1. A Short History of Religion 1

2. The Psychology of Religion - The Varieties of Normal Experience 33

3. The Psychology of Religion - The Varieties of Abnormal Experience 61

4. Social Structures and Religion 89

5. Religion, Power, and Control 113

6. Religion and Health 141

7. How to Be a Healthy Atheist 167

References 181

Author Index 191

Subject Index 195

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Mick Power University of Edinburgh, UK.
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