Psychology of Religion

The Psychology of Religion is a course that I developed and have taught at Rutgers University at Newark since 2016. The course begins with the classic approach to the phenomenon of belief and religious practice by William James. We then explore contemporary understandings of the religious experience through the humanistic, psychodynamic, biological, and evolutionary lenses of psychology. 

Lecture 1: William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

Lecture 2: Gordon Allport & Humanistic Psychology of Religion

Lecture 3: Gordon Allport & Humanistic Psychology of Religion (Part 2)

Lecture 4: Gordon Allport & Humanistic Psychology of Religion (Part 3)

Lecture 5: The Biological Psychology of Religion

Lecture 6: The Biological Psychology of Religion (Part 2)

Lecture 7: The Biological Psychology of Religion (Part 3)

Lecture 8: The Biological Psychology of Religion (Part 4)

Lecture 9: The Psychodynamic Psychology of Religion

Lecture 10: The Psychodynamic Psychology of Religion (Part 2)

Lecture 11: The Psychodynamic Psychology of Religion (Part 3)

Lecture 12: The Psychodynamic Psychology of Religion (Part 4)

Lecture 13: The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion

Lecture 14: The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion (Part 2)

Lecture 15: The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion (Part 3)