Raymond F. Paloutzian, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Experimental and Social Psychology at Westmont College and consultant to the Religion, Experience, and Mind (REM) Lab Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and a guest professor at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Paloutzian is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a Fellow of five APA divisions and of the Association for Psychological Science. For 18 years, he was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. His books include Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Second Edition (coedited with Crystal L. Park), and Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Third Edition. Dr. Paloutzian has given invited talks on the psychology of religion in global perspective in various countries around the world.
Introduction I. Foundations 1. Religion in Psychological Perspective 2. Intellectual Journey to the Psychology of Religion 3. Psychological Theories Look at Religion 4. Logic and Methods in the Psychology of Religion II. Substantive Areas 5. Developmental Processes in Religiousness and Spirituality 6. Looking for Religion in the Individual 7. Religious Conversion, Deconversion, and Spiritual Transformation 8. Religion, Spirituality, and Experience 9. Religion, Mental Health, and Well-Being 10. Religion and Health-Related Issues 11. Religion, Social Attitudes, and Behavior III. The Big Picture 12. And in the End . . . References Index