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This course is designed to explore topics in the psychology of religion with the goal of relating the findings the helping professions. The course is also designed to encourage thought about the psyche as it works in religious thought, feeling and behavior. One tool we will use to facilitate this kind of reflection is reading of some of the major approaches to the psychology of religion. Another is observation of religious practice. Another is a habit of asking questions--and following them up with questions. Questions are important because psychology, like most fields of study, is a process of inquiry. A seminar format allows for sharing results of student research on selected topics. A key goal is to consider the significance of the research findings for Christian ministry. • Everyone should come to class prepared to say what he or she sees as the main point of the reading. • Everyone should attempt to understand the structure of the author's argument, and have two questions about the readings.
Asbury Theological Seminary
CO, 621, Psychology, of, Religion, FA08