Psychology of religion

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Reviews the book, Psychology of religion by Paul E. Johnson (1945). “Psychology of religion” as it is written in 1945 is no hodge-podge of special topics that resist ready assimilation into Regular Psychology, perhaps infused with a touch of clinical apologetics for bringing them up. It is rather an account of the development and functioning of the person, with special respect to his value experiences and his value determinations in behavior. In the end, there are too many errors in the book for comfort, such as crediting Wheatstone with the invention of the chronoscope, referring (as freshman psychology students do) to the “intelligent quotient,” and sometimes using what appears to be a different word from that intended. The bibliography is extensive, documentation is thorough; no references go beyond sources in English (which cuts out some fairly important recent work); and any “gottlose” psychologist can afford to buy the book (do him good). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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