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Attachment, Evolution, and the Psychology of Religion

Attachment, Evolution, and the Psychology of Religion (Hardback)

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In this provocative and engaging book, Lee Kirkpatrick establishes a broad, comprehensive framework for approaching the psychology of religion from an evolutionary perspective. Within this framework, attachment theory provides a powerful lens through which to reconceptualize diverse aspects of religious belief and behavior. Rejecting the notion that humans possess religion-specific instincts or adaptations, Kirkpatrick argues that religion instead emerges from numerous psychological mechanisms and systems that evolved for other functions. This integrative work will spark discussion, debate, and future research among anyone interested in the psychology of religion, attachment theory, and evolutionary psychology, as well as religious studies. It will also serve as a text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses.

From Lee Kirkpatrick, winner of the APA Division 36 William James Award for outstanding and sustained contributions to the psychology of religion

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPhysiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyStates of consciousnessDrug-induced statesReligion & BeliefsScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesEvolution Publisher: Guilford Publications Publication Date: 09/12/2004 ISBN-13: 9781593850883  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Lee A. Kirkpatrick, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters on topics related to adult attachment, the psychology of religion, and evolutionary psychology.

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