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Truth in the religions, a sociological and psychological approach.

William Montgomery Watt

Truth in the religions, a sociological and psychological approach.

by William Montgomery Watt

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Published by Edinburgh U.P .
Written in English


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Pagination190p.,ill.,24cm
Number of Pages190
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Book Description: Religion is central to Durkheim's theory of society, and his work laid most of the foundations of the sociology of religion. Daring and brilliant though his analysis was, its bold claims and questionable premises has made it the subject of ongoing academic debate. The approach of the book, in each case, shows how the theory of religion emerges not only from the theorist's psychological theory, but also from his own life experience. Each chapter contains an introductory overview of the theory, biographical material on the theorist, his theory of personality, his theory of religion, and an evaluation of Price: $

Key Psychological Issues in the Study of Religion nomena. Psychologists cannot overlook that all three sources clearly pertain to the mind. Thus, to clarify the role of each, including our reasons for performing rituals, psychological methods of research are needed. Significantly, some contemporary. Using examples critically assess one sociological theory of religion. In most traditional societies, religion is an important form of social ‘togetherness’. It augments a feeling of ‘community’ and promotes a set of shared values and beliefs in some form of god.

Another illustration of religious beliefs is that different religions adhere to certain stories of world creation. Religious rituals are behaviors or practices that are either required or expected of the members of a particular group, such as bar mitzvah or confession (Barkan and Greenwood ). The History of Religion as a Sociological Concept. This book surveys the major theorists in the psychology of religion—Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, William James, Erich Fromm, Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl—who are all seminal thinkers and represent the classical theories in this field. Each of these theorists presents a more or less comprehensive theory of religion, which attempts to give an account of the psychological.


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Truth in the religions, a sociological and psychological approach by William Montgomery Watt Download PDF EPUB FB2

Get this from a library. Truth in the religions, a sociological and psychological approach. [W Montgomery Watt]. Watt's book, Truth in the Religions: A Sociological and Psychological Approach,' relieves him of the impossible task of de-fining "truth"; but religious truth is surely a special case, and what is said about it is disappointing to this writer, to whom the question was the main interest in taking up the book.

I (to use the first person) am. Religion In America: The Sociological Approach to Religion and its Limits (NOTE: As noted in the introduction, this essay is a composite based on Truth in the religions notes.

Like other composites -- the works of Aristotle are probably the most famous example -- it does not read as. Truth and Religion Reconsidered: An Analytical Approach.

Andrzej Bronk philosophical, theological, religious, etc. It can also acquire different meanings: cultural, epistemological, sociological, psychological, historical, substantial or functional, objective or subjective, etc. "Truth of religion" was understood as historical and doctrinal.

Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion: Psychological. In this book, sociologist Philip Rieff argues that Freud changed the entire way “self,” “morality,” and “society” are perceived in the West.

Durkheim, and Weber) were interested in religion as a social phenomenon, the primary focus of the psychological approach to Author: Gerald Heverly. From the Latin religio (respect for what is sacred) and religare (to bind, in the sense of an obligation), the term religion describes various systems of belief and practice that define what people consider to be sacred or spiritual (Fasching and deChant ; Durkheim ).

Throughout history, and in societies across the world, leaders have used religious narratives, symbols, and traditions. Psychology of religion consists of the application of psychological methods and interpretive frameworks to the diverse contents of religious traditions as well as to both religious and irreligious individuals.

The extraordinary range of methods and frameworks can be helpfully summed up regarding the classic distinction between the natural-scientific and human-scientific approaches. A primary concern regarding a sound academic approach to the study of world religions involves the fact that it arose within an intellectual culture that a.

Ignored the relevance of religion as an important factor in molding society b. Tended to take for granted that Christianity was a model of what religion ought to be.

From the Latin religio (respect for what is sacred) and religare (to bind, in the sense of an obligation), the term religion describes various systems of belief and practice concerning what people determine to be sacred or spiritual (Fasching and deChant ; Durkheim ).

Throughout history, and in societies across the world, leaders have used religious narratives, symbols, and traditions. Phenomenological Approach to the Study of Religion: A Historical Perspective Article (PDF Available) in European Journal of Scientific Research Volume 44(Issue 2):pp. August with.

The approach of the book, in each case, shows how the theory of religion emerges not only from the theorist's psychological theory, but also from his own life experience. Each chapter contains an introductory overview of the theory, biographical material on the theorist, his theory of personality, his theory of religion, and an evaluation of Reviews: 4.

Study of religion - Study of religion - Basic aims and methods: The growth of various disciplines in the 19th century, notably psychology and sociology, stimulated a more analytic approach to religions, while at the same time theology became more sophisticated and, in a sense, scientific as it began to be affected by and thus to make use of historical and other methods.

This research formed the basis of Durkheim's book, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, which is certainly the best‐known study on the sociology of religion.

Durkheim viewed religion within the context of the entire society and acknowledged its place in influencing the thinking and behavior of the members of society. This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the major forms of alternative religions: cults, sects, new religious movements, the New Age, fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, ethnic religions and quasi religions.

Stephen Hunt presents sociological insights into the rise of alternative religions, their beliefs and practices, their impact, who Reviews: 1.

An Analytical Approach to Truth and Religion ABSTRACT: I discuss some of the problems of the application of the notion of truth to religion. After introductory remarks on the problem called truth and religion to show the peculiarity and the actuality of the problem discussed, I examine the different meanings of the notions of truth and religion, in order to formulate some comments on the.

Some of the most important work in the study of religion was done by the major founding figures of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sociology, including Karl Marx, Émile Durkheim, and Max ogists have sought to deduce the social basis for beliefs and practices determined to be religious; religion, according to this approach, is taken to be a primarily social, rather than.

Bryan S Turner,‘Religion and contemporary sociological theories’,DOI: / 1 The importance of religion and the general scepticism about the secularization thesis has been accompanied by important theoretical developments.

One impor-tant development has been the market or economic. Truth in the Religions:Truth in the Religions: A Sociological and Psychological Approach. William Montgomery Watt. Frank H. Knight - - Ethics 75 (4) In simple terms, the functional approach sees religion as "performing certain functions for society" Theories by Karl Marx (role of religion in capitalist and pre-capitalist societies), Sigmund Freud (psychological origin of religious beliefs), Émile Durkheim (social function of religions), and the theory by Stark and Bainbridge exemplify.

This book surveys the major theorists in the psychology of religion--Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, William James, Erich Fromm, Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl--who are all seminal thinkers and represent the classical theories in this field/5(1).

Essays in the History of Religions by Joachim Wach Sociology Of Religion. The Nature and Aims of a Sociology of Religion. Like other sociological disciplines -- the sociology of art or of law -- the sociology of religion is the offspring of two different scholarly pursuits, the study of society and the study of religion.

1 Its character, methods, and aims reflect this parentage.Sociological perspectives on religion aim to understand the functions religion serves, the inequality and other problems it can reinforce and perpetuate, and the role it plays in our daily lives (Emerson, Monahan, & Mirola, ).

Table “Theory Snapshot” summarizes what these perspectives say.Alternative religions attract great public, academic and government interest in our apparently post-Christian society. Yet how did all the 'alternatives' develop, what are their beliefs and practices and how significant are their impact in terms of the world's religions and society?This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the major forms of alternative religions: Cults, Sects, New.