“Parapsychology and Religion” is perhaps the most controversial research area in the psychology of religion. However, in recent decades, psychology of religion has witnessed a growing literature bearing on ontological issues including parapsychological topics such as distant healing and near-death experiences. This book argues that despite the methodological and theoretical controversies that still surround the field of parapsychology, the findings of research on alleged anomalous processes can inform the study of religious/spiritual experiences. Psychological literature on the paranormal is critically reviewed and it is argued that it became less a scientific endeavor and more an ideological program devised to denigrate paranormal believers and experiencers. This volume explores how an open-minded dialogue between parapsychology and psychology of religion might help us move beyond the present ideological disputes and reviewes the complex relations between parapsychology and religion over time as well as their implications for interdisciplinary research on religion and spirituality.
Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, Ph.D. (2014), University of São Paulo, is Professor of Religious Studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has published many articles on religion and spirituality in periodicals such as International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.
All interested in topics such as psychology of religion, spirituality, religious studies, parapsychology/anomalistic psychology, and consciousness studies.