Psychology and Religion. Remarks from a Methodological Perspective

Jan Felicjan Terelak



The paper is an overview of the connections between scientific psychology and religion. The thesis that scientific psychology, which deals with empirical research of all manifestations of spirituality and religiousness within the different principles and contexts of culture, cannot refer to the doctrine of religion, but it should take into account in its research the cultural aspects of the religion without valuing them at the individual human level (personalistic psychology) and their influence on the "fate" of the world (e. g. cultural psychology), is being discussed. Conclusion: Against the background of the twentieth-century Anglo-Saxon psychology, based on the positivist paradigm, there is no place on the basis of valid methodological canons for building a direct relationship between scientific psychology and religion.


scientific psychology; religion tradition; personalism; methodology psychology

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