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Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, and Andre Droogers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266612

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266612.001.0001

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Psychology of Religion

Psychology of Religion

(p.133) 7 Psychology of Religion
Studying Global Pentecostalism

Allan Anderson

Michael Bergunder

André Droogers

Cornelis van der Laan

University of California Press

This chapter investigates religious beliefs, experiences, and behavior in relation to psychological concepts and theories. Psychological research on Pentecostal religiosity is structured by the distinction between two research perspectives. The first perspective analyzes exogenous psychological causes and consequences of Pentecostalism. Pentecostalism in this perspective is regarded as a black box connected with these causes and consequences, and thus solely as an epiphenomenon of general psychological processes. The theoretical bases are general psychological categories, which are applied to the religious experiences and behavior of Pentecostals. This perspective is useful for revealing and describing aspects of religion that may not be captured otherwise. It is only one of the perspectives that are taken with respect to religion, each contributing in a different way to the investigation of the field, but, concurrently, each perspective is subjected to specific restrictions.

Keywords:   psychology of religion, religious beliefs, Pentecostalism, psychological categories, psychological processes

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