Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective: The Contributions of by P. W. Pruyser, H. Newton Malony, Bernard Spilka

By P. W. Pruyser, H. Newton Malony, Bernard Spilka

At his dying in 1987, Paul W. Pruyser of the Menninger starting place was once well known as one in every of America's ultimate professionals at the psychology of faith. His ebook A Dynamic Psychology of faith set the level for inventive discussion at the topic. during this quantity, top practitioners within the box current a compilation of Pruyser's seminal articles, delivering an outline of the most important subject matters in Pruyser's concept. Newton Malony and Bernard Spilka evaluation Pruyser's point of view and recommend how his place maintains to steer the psychology of faith.

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The language game notion, developed mostly by British linguistic philosophers, adds to the symbol theory the idea that special aspects of life as lived require special words and rhetorics in which to take hold of their experiential peculiarities. Thus, religion can be seen as a special rhetoric, a serious game of words and phrases and syntax that one chooses to play when relevant, just as one may choose to play the language game of romantic love, of science, of poetry, or of art at other times.

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Similarly, if mysticism is practiced as pill-induced instant mysticism without schooling, discipline, hard work, regular study, and self-abnegation, its benefits are of a very different order from those gained by the classical mystics in either the Western or the Eastern tradition. Shoddy religion remains shoddy religion, Eastern or Western, and the tree still has to be proven by its fruit. All these signs from the world of politics and the world of religion point in one direction. There seems to be far more interest in consolation, quiescence, and immediate gratification of childish wishes for security, warmth, and stability than in searching for religious innovations or for creative new applications of religion to 32 Introduction the exigencies of the modern world.

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