This volume includes a wide range of papers that explore individual and institutional aspects of religion from a social-science perspective. The special section has articles related to the practice of prayer, and includes studies from the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. The general papers include studies on coping strategies, God representations, spirituality versus religion, self-control in a Muslim context, and faith-based organizations in Cambodia. Together these papers form a valuable collection indicating the depth and vibrancy of research in these fields.
Andrew Village is Professor of Practical and Empirical Theology at York St John University, UK. He researches in psychology and religion and congregational studies. His books include
The Bible and Lay People (2007) and
Preaching with all our Souls (2008).
Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Ph.D. (1968), University of Nevada, Reno, is Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A former president of Division 36 of the APA he is author of numerous books in the psychology of religion.
Contributors are: Blanca Aranda, Mark Aveyard, Aaron W. Banister, Anderson Blanton, Zhuo Job Chen, Francine Dolins, John Frame, Leslie J. Francis, Shira Gabriel, Norma Geist, Gemma Penny, Nima Ghorbani, Zvonimir Knezović, Kevin L. Ladd, Jonathan D. Lane, Patrick J. Laycock, Kirsten A. Lesage, Mikael Lundmark, Patrick Pössel, Rebekah A. Richert, Anondah R. Saide, Nicholas J. Shaman, Fazlollah Tavakoli, Filip Užarević, Jennifer Valenti, Paul J. Watson.
Academics interested generally in the sociology or psychology of religion, especially those interested in the study of prayer, Christianity, Islam, or religious organisations.