Women's Contribution To the Psychology of Religion

In: Journal of Empirical Theology
K. Helmut Reich
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Is religious development of women basically different from that of men? That is the central question discussed in this paper. From the theoretical literature and empirical research reports one could get a sense that women are more given to connected knowing and close relationships, also with God, than men. A detailed comparison of Fowler, Oser and Gmünder, and Teresa of Avila yields certain differences, which could possibly support the hypothesized difference, yet more research is needed. A tentative conclusion is as follows: Women may have contributed more to the understanding of connectedness and close relationships with God than men, but men can also live closely connected and God-related lives.

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