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Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
This is a short summary of an article that will appear in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism. The psychological study of Pentecostals is a subfield of the Psychology of Religion within social psychology. In the article, I review the limited psychological investigations of Pentecostal beliefs, practices, and experiences. I note the work of Newberg and his colleagues (2006) looking at brains scans of people speaking in tongues and studies of healing (e.g., Brown, 2012). I also note the potential value of the intratextual theory of fundamentalism applied to Pentecostals by Hood (Hood, Hill, & Williamson, 2005). Finally, I note some recent studies in our lab at Evangel University looking at two areas: the restoration of derailed Pentecostal clergy and Christian counselling.
The 17 chapters of Christobiography are organized in five parts. Keener aims to document the reliability of the gospels. He explains the nature of biography in Jesus’ day and compares the gospels to other biographies. He devotes considerable attention to what readers might reasonably expect based on first century documents, oral cultures, and recent memory research.
Living Well: 10 Big Ideas of Faith and a Meaningful Life encourages readers to draw on their faith to build a meaningful life based on 10 Big Ideas found in the scriptures. True stories illustrate the time-tested principles of humility, courage, generosity, gratitude, hope, forgiveness, rest, self-control, joy, and love. Short chapters, inspirational stories, and scientific discoveries along with end-of-chapter-questions make this an ideal book for group study or personal growth. In addition, group leaders will find links to additional resources to enhance any discussion. Key words: positive psychology and Christianity, spirituality and positive psychology, faith and science, psychology of meaning and spirituality