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Exploring the Psychology of Religion

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Spirituality, Science, life, psychology, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Interfaith Voices,

Science and spirituality don’t always get along. A few scientists are trying to change that through a new, peer-reviewed journal called “Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.” The journal’s editor, Dr. Ralph Piedmont, sat down with Interfaith Voices to talk about how scientists can explore big issues, including the meaning of life, while retaining scientific integrity.

Source: Interfaith Voices

tammy hynes
6/25/2009 6:24:07 PM

AMEN!!!


kristin fiore
6/12/2009 4:02:03 PM

Many religions and spirituality in general have no conflict with science at all, In fact, my first profound spiritual experience came while reading about astrophysics -- the complexity and vastness of the universe, how nothing is what it appears to be (all matter is mostly empty space and time is elastic), how all matter was synthesized in the stars. How could that not be a spiritual experience? I'm also Buddhist, which is a religion / philosophy that respects scientific and logical inquiry, demands it in fact. I would be skeptical of any religion that shunned science, which is a self-correcting pursuit of knowledge. Its findings have no direct implications for the nature of the spirit, but can affect it profoundly. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. -- Albert Einstein


kristin fiore
6/12/2009 4:01:09 PM

Many religions and spirituality in general have no conflict with science at all, In fact, my first profound spiritual experience came while reading about astrophysics -- the complexity and vastness of the universe, how nothing is what it appears to be (all matter is mostly empty space and time is elastic), how all matter was synthesized in the stars. How could that not be a spiritual experience? I'm also Buddhist, which is a religion / philosophy that respects scientific and logical inquiry, demands it in fact. I would be skeptical of any religion that shunned science, which is a self-correcting pursuit of knowledge. Its findings have no direct implications for the nature of the spirit, but can affect it profoundly. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. -- Albert Einstein