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italics]. 26 Paternity as Function and Religious Experience reason")' the Church becomes the fertile mother "by taking the seed of divine life into its bosom." Thus, after the manner of Eve, the Church becomes the mother of all living beings. It becomes the Church of life.3 The role of the Church as a

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In: Paternity as Function
Author: Dan Merkur

superego aims destructive energy at aliveness, turns the latter against itself, absorbs or channels its power, add- ing life to destructive force. On a relatively superficial level, an individual may say, “Why bother living if you’re going to die.” The capture of aliveness by destructive energy is

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In: Explorations of the Psychoanalytic Mystics
Author: Ines W. Jindra

vice versa, the attraction that theologically and socially more open groups have for those from backgrounds experienced as too structured, but there is also a “fit” between specific religious groups and the key theme in converts’ life 1 Raymond F. Paloutzian, Sebastian Murken, Heinz Streib & Sussan

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In: A New Model of Religious Conversion
Author: Ines W. Jindra

findings of the structural-substantial analysis. Selected Case Studies 1 Todd Kruger (Conversion to Islam) His Life and Conversion Story In an almost empty family restaurant in a Midwestern town one morning, Todd Kruger talked about his life. Todd, a 58 year-old retired cook living in a medium

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In: A New Model of Religious Conversion

that they are destined for the priest- hood. Mental troubles can motivate people to turn to clerical life as an outlet for emotional problems. This may be the case for instance when celibacy becomes a cover-up for problems with sexuality and inti- macy. Some authors report that the number of mental

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In: Religion and Coping in Mental Health Care
Author: J. A. Belzen

the relation between theory and method, cultural psychologist Carl Ratner uses the comparison with a paleontologist who finds a number and variety of footprints from which he goes to work to construct the struc- ture and the life habits of the animals that made them. Just as the paleon- tologist

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In: Mysticism
Author: Ines W. Jindra

origin behind at age 16 in search for a better life. He had always been a lonely person, because of his living by himself in the city at first, and later due to his brief, failed marriage. I also suspect that the beginning of retirement a few years prior to the conversion left an additional void in

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In: A New Model of Religious Conversion

injunctions of Christ until they fell within easy range of attainment" (p; 14). He found the "teaching about life hereafter" (p. 16) a solace in the face of mortality. Andrew was convinced "that striving to know God is the essence of the finest living" (p. 18), and he encouraged others to heed the words

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In: Aspects in Contexts
Author: Dan Merkur

- lation, originally published in German in the late 1920s, Rank inaugurated a paradigm shift in the psychological understanding of mysticism. Mysticism was not a question of rare, transient experiences that were unconnected with the major trends of psychic life. The psyche was mystical from birth to

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significance (e.g., having a life worth living). Contrary to these definitions, Frankl (1959) proposed a more existentially derived form of meaning in which persons struggle to find significance in order to explain their limited and confusing existences. Man’s search for meaning can be impacted by a variety of

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In: Terror Management Theory