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Psychology: Study of religion takes evidence-based turn

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It became impossible to ignore the fact that traditional religious lifestyles were associated with Intro of longer life and better health:

For anyone who took a college course in psychology more than a decade ago or who is even casually acquainted with the subject through popular articles, a close examination of today’s field would undoubtedly prove surprising. The science that for most of the 20th century portrayed itself as the enlightened alternative to organized religion has taken a decidedly spiritual turn.

Bowling Green State University professor Kenneth Pargament, who in 2013 edited the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, notes just how dramatically his profession’s attitude towards faith has changed in recent times. As a young academic interested in the connection between mental health and religion, he would “go to the library once a semester and leisurely review the journals” only to be disappointed by how little his colleagues had to say about it. But “no more,” Pargament happily reports. In fact, he adds, “it is hard to keep up with the research in the field.”

Today’s psychology tells us that faith can be very helpful in coping with major life setbacks, including divorce, serious illnesses, the death of a loved one, and even natural or human-caused disasters. Lewis M. Andrews, “Why Psychology is Turning Back to God” at Intellectual Takeout

Association with things most people see as positive does not, of course, make a religion “true.” It does, however, make one wonder about the perspective of psychologists who don’t seem able to recognize the pattern.

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3 Replies to “Psychology: Study of religion takes evidence-based turn

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    Ed George says:

    Today’s psychology tells us that faith can be very helpful in coping with major life setbacks, including divorce, serious illnesses, the death of a loved one, and even natural or human-caused disasters.

    I think that in most circumstances this is self-evident. It is only amplified by the sense of community that is common to religious believers, especially those that attend regular service.

    Although there is much to be proud of in this respect, we shouldn’t let this pride blind us.

    “Overall, increased importance of religion was associated with higher odds of recent suicide ideation for both gay/lesbian and questioning students. … Lesbian/gay students who viewed religion as very important had greater odds for recent suicidal ideation and lifetime suicide attempt compared with heterosexual individuals. Bisexual and questioning sexual orientations were significantly associated with recent suicide ideation, recent attempt, and lifetime attempt across all strata of religious importance, but the strongest effects were among those who reported that religion was very important.”
    https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(18)30050-3/fulltext

    Much more obviously has to be done.

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    bornagain77 says:

    Such Were Some of You – Documentary video
    https://www.firststone.org/such-were-some-of-you
    “Such Were Some of You” (A Documentary) was inspired by the passage in 1 Corinthians 6:11 that declares that in Jesus’ day there was a population who had been so transformed by their relationship with Him and by the grace He offers that they were no longer “same-sex attracted” or at the very least, actively homosexual. They had found such a profound measure of healing from the many kinds of strongholds and sins associated with what we now call homosexuality that they no longer considered themselves homosexual, nor did they act in a homosexual way. “Such Were Some of You” features interviews with a “cloud of present-day witnesses” who testify to the same life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. PhD’s describe the development of their same-sex attractions and homosexuality, while other PhD’s explain the theology around homosexuality. Over 29 people who left a homosexual or gay life describe what the gay lifestyle was really like, what their conversion process was like, and the various ways that Jesus has brought healing to their lives. “Such Were Some of You” lays out the facts about healing homosexual confusion and rejoices in the reality that Jesus Christ can heal anyone from anything while providing grace for the journey.

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    tjguy says:

    “Association with things most people see as positive does not, of course, make a religion “true.””

    No, but in their eyes, no religion is true. But no matter, if association with religion makes a person happier, even if it is not true, how could anyone oppose such a thing?

    Isn’t the purpose of life to be happy and enjoy life?

    What harm is there in believing a lie if it makes you happier in your life?

    Even if it is a lie, why would I want to admit that and become more miserable?

    Evolution cares not what people believe, but I would bet that eventually, it would select for people who are happier. So are atheists against people being happy? Why fight evolution if religion is something that evolution brought us? Does evolution care about truth? Of course not!

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