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The Resource Death, anxiety, and religious belief : an existential psychology of religion, Jonathan Jong and Jamin Halberstadt

Death, anxiety, and religious belief : an existential psychology of religion, Jonathan Jong and Jamin Halberstadt

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Death, anxiety, and religious belief : an existential psychology of religion
Title
Death, anxiety, and religious belief
Title remainder
an existential psychology of religion
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Jonathan Jong and Jamin Halberstadt
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Language
eng
Summary
There are no atheists in foxholes; or so we hear. The thought that the fear of death motivates religious belief has been around since the earliest speculations about the origins of religion. There are hints of this idea in the ancient world, but the theory achieves prominence in the works of Enlightenment critics and Victorian theorists of religion, and has been further developed by contemporary cognitive scientists. Why do people believe in gods? Because they fear death. Yet despite the abiding appeal of this simple hypothesis, there has not been a systematic attempt to evaluate its central claims and the assumptions underlying them. Do human beings fear death? If so, who fears death more, religious or nonreligious people? Do reminders of our mortality really motivate religious belief? Do religious beliefs actually provide comfort against the inevitability of death? Jonathan Jong and Jamin Halberstadt begin to answer these questions, drawing on the extensive literature on the psychology of death anxiety and religious belief, from childhood to the point of death, as well as their own experimental research on conscious and unconscious fear and faith. In the course of their investigations, they consider the history of ideas about religion's origins, challenges of psychological measurement, and the very nature of emotion and belief
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Jong, Jonathan
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL51
LC item number
.J8175 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Scientific studies of religion: inquiry and explanation
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  • Religion
  • Fear of death
  • Psychology, Religious
  • Fear of death
  • Psychology, Religious
  • Religion
  • Glaube
  • Religionspsychologie
  • Tod
  • Todesangst
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Death, anxiety, and religious belief : an existential psychology of religion, Jonathan Jong and Jamin Halberstadt
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-226) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The whats and whys of religious belief -- A history of thanatocentric theories of religion -- Measuring faith and fear -- Are people afraid of death? -- The religious correlates of death anxiety -- Death anxiety and religion: causes and consequences -- The future of immortality, literal, and symbolic
Control code
929122936
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 232 pages
Isbn
9781472571625
Lccn
2016010451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
60002122664
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)929122936
Label
Death, anxiety, and religious belief : an existential psychology of religion, Jonathan Jong and Jamin Halberstadt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-226) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The whats and whys of religious belief -- A history of thanatocentric theories of religion -- Measuring faith and fear -- Are people afraid of death? -- The religious correlates of death anxiety -- Death anxiety and religion: causes and consequences -- The future of immortality, literal, and symbolic
Control code
929122936
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 232 pages
Isbn
9781472571625
Lccn
2016010451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
60002122664
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)929122936

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