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Judith Schlehe

superstitious or blasphemous ( syirik ), yet, it will be explored in the following how paranormal practitioners nonetheless manage to express themselves. Widiyanto (2016: 21) describes pluralism as a cultural and structural recognition, as a legitimation and the right to express one’s identity. If we continue

Leslie Francis, Christopher Lewis and Emyr Williams

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/008467209X12499946199605 Archive for the Psychology of Religion 31 (2009) 345-356 brill.nl/arp Introducing the Modifi ed Paranormal Belief Scale: Distinguishing Between Classic Paranormal Beliefs, Religious Paranormal Beliefs and Conventional

Douglas Krull and Eric McKibben

SKEPTICAL SAINTS AND CRITICAL COGNITION: ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGION AND PARANORMAL BELIEFS Douglas S. Krull & Eric S. McKibben* ABSTRACT The literature on the relationship between religion and belief in the paranormal is complex and sometimes seemingly contradictory. However, previous

Mind the (Unbridgeable) Gaps

A Cautionary Tale about Pseudoscientific Distortions and Scientific Misconceptions in the Study of Religion

Leonardo Ambasciano

.e., pseudoscientific trends focused on allegedly paranormal/supernatural phenomena and discontinuity between human and non-human cognition), arguing that: a) the adherence to the prestigious reputation of Eliadean academic frameworks may still cause grave distortions in the comprehension of relevant scientific fields

François Mathijsen

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/008467209X12499946199524 Archive for the Psychology of Religion 31 (2009) 319-333 brill.nl/arp Empirical Research and Paranormal Beliefs: Going Beyond the Epistemological Debate in Favour of the Individual François P. Mathijsen Faculty of

François P. Mathijsen

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157361210X533283 Archive for the Psychology of Religion 32 (2010) 345-361 brill.nl/arp Young People and Paranormal Experiences: Why Are They Scared? A Cognitive Pattern François P. Mathijsen Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Emyr Williams and Ben L.H. Roberts

hexaco - pi - r is a satisfactory tool for measuring personality, especially when examining religiosity. Paranormal Beliefs One continuing area of exploration for psychologists of religion concerns the prevalence of belief in contemporary society (Argyle, 1999 ; Hood & Hill, 2009 ), which has

Magali Clobert and Vassilis Saroglou

Introduction In popular views, religion is seen as irrational and relating to paranormal, non-scientific, and even anti-scientific beliefs. In this framework, authors have argued that scientific and religious worldviews are fundamentally incompatible and in opposition with one another (Harris

Michael Thalbourne

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/008467209X12499946199687 Archive for the Psychology of Religion 31 (2009) 375-386 brill.nl/arp Reports of Paranormal Experiences: Can Transliminality Tell Us Anything About Th em? Michael A. Th albourne University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005

Camilla Pagani

Scientific literature seems to indicate that paranormal/supernatural experiences are more frequent after negative life events or, in any case, after important life changes. This chapter presents some relevant results of an exploratory study which aims to thoroughly analyse the complex relationship between paranormal/ supernatural experiences and particularly challenging life events, like, for example, the loss of a loved one. Can we hypothesize that in these cases the paranormal/ supernatural experience and/or the interest in the paranormal or in the supernatural are mere instruments that some people utilize as simple defence mechanisms in order to escape a bleak and hard reality? Or, alternatively, can we hypothesize that through a particular experience of loss (which may not necessarily coincide only with the physical death of a significant other) some people attain an expansion of their awareness, a condition of special non-separateness from other living things in a multiplicity of new and interconnected perspectives, and an enhancement of their consciousness so as to get in touch with other, so far unknown, realities? This study especially draws on qualitative data, namely on in-depth interviews with adults who are interested in, and/or are in various degrees familiar with, the paranormal and/or the supernatural.