Psychology of Religion
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Brian Eck
January 16, 2002
"Historical View of Psychology"
invented Modern Psychology
Early Period of Psychology Begins
First Published article on "Conversion" is published
Higher education takes a huge change
-Prior to this America followed the "British model" of education
-Previously established colleges that were church-based had secularized their curriculum by cutting the school of theology out and having them deal with the original "charter"
-Christian colleges were created
around the turn on the century because of this shift from the mainline schools
-This forces Psychology of
Religion to be a seminary issue
variety of the religious experience
The field of Psychology of Religion ends
Watson changes every psychology program to behavioral
-Study cannot be done on Religion
on Behavioral psychology
-This accepts a modernist model;
rejects the mind and the non-material
Cultural shift took away from modernist thought to bringing in eastern
Influx in research in medicine on the issue of religion on health
Questions Raised by Chapter
does religion come from?
How does religion operate affect people's lives?
does the religious sentiment develop in the human person?