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At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualise and practise religion at both personal and social levels. At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualise and practise religion at both personal and social levels. * Explores religion both as a social phenomenon and as a form of inner experience. * Explains why people believe what they do. * Looks at the effects of religious and spiritual belief upon behaviour, and upon physical and psychological health. * Outlines the various approaches to religious and spiritual experience. * Surveys all relevant research.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405108058
ISBN-10: 1405108053
Format: Hardback
(238mm x 168mm x 23mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: BPS Blackwell
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Fontana

David Fontana is a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and was Founding Chairman of the Society's Transpersonal Psychology Section. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, together with a number of other degrees and professional qualifications, and is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University and Visiting Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. He has written widely on the psychology of spirituality and on the traditions and practices of the major Eastern and Western psycho--spiritual traditions. His 23 books are translated into 26 languages.

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