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Nielsen's Links to Psychology and Religion Sites

Last Updated March 11, 2011

© 1996, Michael Nielsen

Of the thousands of psychology and religion sites on the internet, these are my favorites. I have not attempted to be exhaustive, but I have tried to give you an introduction to most of the major branches of religion. Most of these sites have many additional links, so whatever your interests are, I think that these links will get you started! I also have included a list of email discussion groups that you might find interesting. Browse your way through the list, or use the index to jump to the category that interests you. A listing on this page is not an endorsement of the quality of information or of the editorial content found at the given link.

Michael E. Nielsen, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8041


Psychology Links


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General Psychology

Psychology and Religion Organization Pages

Personal Perspectives (Some of these are quite large and encompassing, and others are more focused.)

Science and Religion

Mysticism


General Religion Resources


Overviews of World Religions

Religion in Society

Religion Departments with Useful Pages

Spirituality (Broadly Defined)

Philosophy


Specialized Religion Links


Atheism;

Baha'i;

Buddhism;

General Christianity, with specific links to Christian denominations such as

Deism;

Hinduism;

Islam;

Jain;

Judaism;

New Religious Movements;

New Age;

Paganism/Wiccan;

Scientology;

Sikhism;

Taoism;

Unitarian-Universalist;

Difficult to Categorize Sites;

Evaluating Internet Information;

Email Discussion Lists.


Good Things on the Net


People

Science

Art

Censorship

Computer and Internet Resources



Psychology Links


General Psychology Links

  • Essay-on-Psychology offers basic advise for writing essays. If you are a good writer, you already do the steps outlined on this site. Still, it doesn't hurt to be reminded.
  • If your interests involve religion's relationship with mental (or physical) health, be sure to see what the Medline database has to offer. This is a wonderful free service!
  • The PsycGrad project will be of interest to people in graduate school.
  • Psychweb is an award-winning site for psychology resources. Psyc Site is another good psychology site. You might also wish to visit this collection of psychology aimed at high school students for an overview of psychology. If you have a psychology site on the web, consider joining the WebPsych Partnership, which strives to improve the availability and quality of psychology resources on the internet. It also has an index to the best psychology sites on the web. Self-Help Psychology Magazine is an interesting compilation of psychology resources.
  • Perspectives is an online magazine that deals with psychology. The August 1996 issue had three articles that you might find interesting or useful: Barb Chandler's Can Religion Change Your Sexuality?, The Perception of Reality in Insane and `Supersane' States by Peter Chadwick, and Kevin McCarthy's Treading or Threading Through the Moral Maze? Stop by for some interesting "popular press" perspectives on psychology and religion/spirituality.
  • Mel White's Justice Net addresses questions about religion and sexual orientation. This is a very interesting page illustrating some of the complexities of the issue.
  • The PsychologyMatters web page offers interesting online essays regarding psychology. Several of them deal with psychology of religion.
  • You may find additional information from Armind Guenther's list of psychology journals, although when I last looked there, the main journals in psychology of religion were not part of that list.
  • Developed by the American Psychological Association (APA), KidPsych is an "online adventure" for children and their parents, including educationally entertaining games for children ages one through nine.
  • You might find something of value at a new ejournal called Theory and Review in Psychology. They don't specialize in psychology of religion, but they do include some articles related to religion.
  • Psychwatch is a useful resource for keeping informed about psychology in the news.
  • The American Psychological Association (APA) developed a PsychCrawler - a local area search engine - to provide rapid access to high quality psychological information. The search engine currently indexes five organizational sites that have "substantial authoritative content in the area of psychology". Enjoy!
  • Andrew Johnson's list of psychology links also contains information for psychology in South Africa.
  • PsychNet-UK may be a useful search/portal site for psychologists & students, particularly those in the UK.
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Psychology and Religion Organization Pages


Note: These are only a few organizations. My main collection of organizations involved in psychology and religion is found on my resources page!

Personal Perspectives

(Some of these are quite large and encompassing, and others are more focused. With a few exceptions for the pages that I think have something especially interesting or unusual to offer, these pages are arranged mostly in alphabetical order, by the creator's last name.)
  • Sebastian Murken operates a very active lab studying the psychology of religion. His psychology of religion webpage offers an insight into the work he and his colleagues are doing.
  • For a European perspective, be sure to look at Przemyslaw Jablonski's Psychology and Religion Page. I think you'll find something useful there!
  • Visit Gene Thursby's religion pages, some of the best on the 'net!
  • From Iran comes the Divine Psychology pages developed by Dr. S. A. Hosseini. His theory integrates psychology and religion from a Muslim perspective.
  • Christine Norstrand offers these thought-provoking, and beautifully designed psychology of religion pages.
  • Michael Rogge is a psychologist who studies new religious movements. His perspective is quite useful and well-informed.
  • Dave Myers has some interesting things to say about religion. You may know him from his excellent Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology texts. Be sure to check out his ideas!
  • An introduction to the Adlerian perspective may be gained by reading Philosophical and Spiritual Implications of Adlerian Psychology. Or you may want to visit the Alfred Adler Institute of San Francisco (or this mirrow), which offers a good, in-depth examination of Adler's approach.
  • Learn more about Otto Rank, a psychotherapist who had much to say about religion, from James Lieberman, and expert who has studied and translated Rank's work.
  • The Apostolic Faith Ministry is one example of how Christians apply the Bible to such areas as domestic violence.
  • For an analogy of the physical and spiritual worlds, see Philip Benjamin's page. This address wasn't active the last time I tried to visit. It may be available now.
  • Ken Hart is one of several scholars studying forgiveness, with help from the Templeton Foundation. You can read a summary of his project here.
  • Visit Kenneth Brown's homepage and his research page, which describes his doctoral research. Kenneth welcomes comments and discussion about his work--pay him a visit!
  • Matthew Clapp has established an award-winning site devoted to Carl Jung. Clapp also has developed Jung Magazine for people who take a Jungian view. You also can learn about schools that offer graduate studies in psychology and religion from a Jungian perspective at his site. Other useful Jung sites are found at http://www.cgjung.com/cgjung/linkx.html and the Jung Circle.
  • Diane Goble describes her near death experience and tries to answer questions that people have on the subject.
  • Michael Ducey's The Consciousness Project is an extension of Ken Wilber's work.
  • Marc Fonda's Home Page includes his thoughts on Freud, James, and others relevant to psychology of religion. This address was not available the last time I tried to visit. It may be active now.
  • Read a graduate student's thoughts about psychology and religion at Jay Gattis's Thinktank for the Integration of Psychology and Christianity.
  • Howard Gontovnick's Experiential Psychotherapy page offers a search service for people trying to obtain books or articles in psychology or religion. This address wasn't available the last time I checked. It may be active now.
  • My friend Howard Gontovnick also hosts a radio program dealing with religion and spirituality. If you live in the Montreal area, be sure to listen to Mind Excursions.
  • Dean Hammond, a religious studies Ph.D. candidate, is interested in Jung, Ricoeur, and other topics associated with psychology and religion. He's started the Graduate Journal of Religious and Theological Studies for people to exchange ideas. You also might find his main page interesting.
  • John Haule describes his views.
  • Bill Huitt, an educational psychologist, has developed several pages that you should visit. He outlines similarities and differences in various ways of gaining knowledge, describes a model for understanding spirituality in education, and offers his own views of spirituality.
  • Notes on the classic text by William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience.
  • C. G. Jung, Analytical Psychology, and Culture is maintained by Donald Williams, a Jungian analyst, and describes the Jungian perspective on psychology and religion.
  • Michael Kearl's thoughts on Collective Behavior and the Social Psychologies of Social Institutions ncludes some thoughts about religious institutions.
  • If you like to study people, you'll find Dan Mazur's "new forum" page interesting. It portrays some of the struggles of a family divided over religion. This address wasn't available the last time I tried to visit; perhaps it is active now.
  • Scott McDonald's page on Zen, Buddhism and psychology offers many excellent resources for psychologists interested in religion.
  • Shane Peterson's home page offers some links to religion resources, Catholicism, and related subjects.
  • Chris Phillips is a psychologist who analyzes dreams, and has developed a theory that includes spirituality.
  • Michael Rogge's perspective on psychological factors influencing religious movements and groups offers interesting examples of how psychology may be applied to help us understand religious behaviors and beliefs.
  • Earl Schaefer is doing some interesting research in the area of psychology and religion. Click on his page to participate!
  • Victor and Bruno Silva invite you to their Portuguese study of psychology and religion. You also may want to visit their site on psychology in Portuguese.
  • A recurring topic in some circles is how to integrate psychology and religion. Here is one student's perspective.
  • Visit David Paul Smith's homepage and read about his psychology of religion research.
  • Read an interview with Huston Smith.
  • Bill Snell is doing research on psychology and the 10 commandments and invites you to learn more about his work.
  • Pawel Socha teaches and does psychology of religion at the Instytut Religioznawstwa UJ in Krakow, Poland.
  • An interesting interview of Michael Washburn by Paul Bernstein is found in Life's Three Stages: Infancy, Ego, and Transcendence. Washburn is a philosopher who combines religion and psychology in an interesting way.
  • Robert Young's page includes several papers on subjects related to psychology and religion. Topics include Freud, transcendent values, and others.
  • New Religious Movements - Social Identity Theory. A superb examination of social psychology and religion by an undergraduate student, Andrew J. Yu. This site was unavailable the last time I tried to visit; perhaps it is active now.
  • An essay called "The Third Jesus" and other interesting ideas may be found here.
  • View the responses to the 1998 "Great American Think-Off Debates: Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?" here. I found the thoughts of Clark Berge, an Episcopal minister who suggests that honesty is not always the best policy, to be especially interesting.
  • Dr. M. Allen Cooperstein has written an enlightening article titled "The myths of healing: A summary of research into transpersonal healing experience". Read the article, and others from the journal Personality and Consciousness, here.
  • Swami B.V. Tripurari's new book examines the sacred aspect of physical love. Find excerpts from the book, as well as audio files and art here.
  • Read an account of one family's struggle against cancer without medical intervention. "Our church did not believe in doctors. Was our church a 'cult'? I'm not sure." View here.
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Science and Religion Links

Mysticism and Psychology Links


General Religion Links


Overviews of World Religions

Religion in Society

Religion Departments with Useful Information

Spirituality (Broadly Defined)

  • For several different views of spirituality, laid out side-by-side, I highly recommend the SpiritSite. It is especially noteworthy for its extensive text and audio library.
  • BeliefNet is one of the best sites I've seen regarding spirituality and religion. A terrific resource, with something for almost everyone.
  • AS is an online magazine devoted to spirituality. Whether or not you agree with what you read, I think you'll find it interesting.
  • The Inner Voice is a magazine devoted to spirituality from a wide variety of perspectives. Stop by, I think you'll find something of interest there.
  • An overview of spirituality can be found at the Spiritual Teachings page. This site was unavailable the last time I tried to visit; perhaps it is active now.
  • The Spiritech UK site examines the intersection of spirituality and technology.
  • The American Religion Data Archive has recently added a new survey study to its archive entitled Spirituality and the Elderly: Survey of Staff and Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities, 1998, conducted by Bonnie L. Walker for the National Institute on Aging.
  • The Symposium is a spiritual publication.
  • Learn more about the transpersonal psychological idea that spiritual experiences sometimes may be mistaken for psychoses.
  • Psychiana was an approach to spirituality popularized in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • The Unity School is a version of Gnostic Christianity that its adherents describe as consistent with Eastern philosophical traditions including Zoroasterism as well as Christianity.
  • Visit TradiModern, an online spirituality magazine published in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Philosophy and Religion


Specialized Religion and Denomination Links


ATHEISM

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The BAHA'I Faith

  • The Baha'i Academics Resource Library contains a wide range of material on Baha'i, including sacred writings, scholarly writings, and secondary sources on the religion.
  • Read a preliminary analysis of the Baha'i Concept of Mental Health
  • Basic information and an introduction to the Baha'i religion can be found here.
  • Several theses on various aspects of the Baha'i faith are available at the Baha'i Academics Resource Library.
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BUDDHISM

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CHRISTIANITY

DEISM

HINDUISM

  • An interesting on-line journal is Hindu Studies Review, which offers reviews of books on Hinduism's past, present and future.
  • I have located few good Hindu sites in my travels on the web. Far and away, the best that I've seen is GHEN: The Hindu Universe.
  • The Free Daism page presents an interesting variation on Hinduism. This site was unavailable the last time I tried to visit. Perhaps it is active now.
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ISLAM

JAINISM

JUDAISM

NEW AGE

NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS

  • The first place for anyone to visit on your trip to investigate new religious movements is Jeffrey Hadden's Religious Movements Homepage.
  • The NUREL home page offers a great variety of information about new religious movements.
  • Michael Rogge is a psychologist who studies new religious movements. His perspective is quite useful and well-informed.
  • A site containing various views about Sahaja yoga and a mailing list dedicated to the same subject. Sahaja Yoga is a new religious movement run by a woman claiming to be the Supreme Goddess who created the Universe. See also Sahaja Yoga: Facts
  • Shinreikyo is a new religious movement based in Japan. (This group is not associated with the Aum Shinrikyo group that was responsible for the terrorism attack in Japanese subways during the mid-1990s.)
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PAGANISM/WICCAN

  • Read a CNN story about witches and wiccan religious views.
  • A resource is available for wiccans to help people in their coven deal with psychological problems.
  • A pagan organization called Church of All Worlds has a page to express their views. It includes essays by members from their magazine, Green Egg.
  • Excerpts from the Protean Initiates Book, used at the Proteus Coven, are available.
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SCIENTOLOGY & the Net

SIKHISM

TAOISM

  • The Taoism Information Page is a fine compilation of Taoism resources. You will find translations of ancient Taoist writings and other, more modern resources as well.
  • Dana Riemer has several good links on his Daoism page. This page was inactive the last time I tried to visit. It may be available now.
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UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST

  • The UU Association home page offers a description of their beliefs, the history of the organization, and links to other UU resources.
  • Another excellent site is the UU Hotlist. It has several interesting features, including a UU FAQ file.
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Other Religion Sites and Sites Difficult to Classify


E-mail Discussion Lists


The following lists deal with themes that are relevant to the psychology of religion. Some I have subscribed to, some have not, so my comments here are sketchy. Please let me know if you find any of these lists particularly helpful! The order is simply alphabetical; no ranking is implied.

Be sure also to check this compilation of internet lists relating to religion. Another resource to look at is Liszt, which enables you to search for specific topics, such as "religion," "Mormon," or "Judaism." If you have other interests, Liszt allows you to search for those too! If your focus is on women and religion/spirituality, the Gender-related Electronic Forums guide will direct you to a suitable list.

Community Psychology & Spirituality

    Community psychology and religion/spirituality are the focus of this list. To subscribe, send the following message in the BODY of email to:
    listserv@email.rutgers.edu:
    SUBSCRIBE SCRA-Spirit YourFirstName YourLastName

Global Spirituality Report
    The Global Spirituality Report is a moderated email list that is aimed at religious people who recognize that they might gain spiritual insight from diverse traditions. To subscribe, send the following message in the BODY of email to:
    MAJORDOMO@EPINET.CO.UK:
    SUBSCRIBE GSR-L your-email-address

    You might also want to look at the GSR web page.

Jewish-Psy

    Jewish-Psy is a moderated list that is a forum for psychologists, rabbis, and those in related academic and professional fields, to discuss Jewish life, psychology and psychohistory. To subscribe, send the following message in the BODY of email to:
    LISTPROC@SHAMASH.ORG:
    SUBSCRIBE JEWISH-PSY YourFirstName YourLastName

    The list owner is Dr. Schimmel, sschimme_delete_this_@lynx.dac.neu.edu

Mystic-L

    Mystic-L is a group formed for the academic discussion of mysticism. Topics might include the mysticism of Paul, the writings on Jewish mysticism of Gershon Sholem, the work of Thomas Merton, etc. No devotional or polemical discussions should appear on this list. The list has been created for the academic discussion of mysticism by scholars of mysticism and those interested in the scholarly study of mysticism. To subscribe, or for more information, click on http://www.bhsu.edu/dsalomon/mystic-l/home.html Nurel-L

      Nurel-L is aimed at people who are interested in new religious movements. Note that this is what people commonly but inappropriately call cults. It is my understanding that this list does not condone such inflammatory and derisive language. To subscribe, send the following message in the BODY of email to:
      LISTSERV@listserv.ucalgary.ca:
      SUBSCRIBE NUREL-L firstname lastname
      For additional information, contact Irving Hexham at hexham_delete_this_@acs.ucalgary.ca

    Psyrel-L

      Psyrel-L is a moderately active list that examines psychology and religion, broadly conceived. Much of the discussion comes from psychology, but it also is reasonably well-informed about scientific psychology's application to themes of religious importance. It does not condone proselytizing. To subscribe, send the following message in the BODY of email to:
      majordomo@lightlink.com:
      subscribe psyrel-l
      For additional information, contact Christine Norstrand at xine_delete_this_@lightlink.com or Greg Singleton at G-Singleton_delete_this_@neiu.edu

    Religion and Neurosciences

      Religion and Neurosciences is a moderated list that is dedicated to how these two disciplines can inform one another. Because it is moderated, it tends to have high-quality discussions and a more reasonable number of email messages than some of the unmoderated lists. In order to subscribe, send your real name, address and e-mail address to:
      lutheran_delete_this_@summon.syr.edu
      Pseudonyms will not be accepted. Although you will be asked to post who you are and what your expertise is, novices are welcome on this list.

    SCICHR

      If you are looking for a busy place to discuss science and Christianity, especially if you want to take an evangelical view, then SCICHR is a list worth looking at. Discussion examines things like "creation science," and can be heated at times. Admission to the list is by permission only. Contact the list owner at S-SCHIM@UIUC.EDU for more information, or look at their webpage.

    Shaman-L

      Shaman-L offers discussion of shamanism and shamanistic practices. It is does not condone proselytizing for a particular religion or dogma. To subscribe, send the following message in the BODY of email to:
      LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM:
      SUBSCRIBE SHAMAN-L firstname lastname
      If you have questions about shamanism, you might find answers in the shamanism FAQ file.

    Spiramed

      Spiramed focuses on the intersection of spirituality and medicine. While I monitored the discussion there was a fairly broad range of topics. Discussion on Spiramed tends to emphasize caring and people's impressions of things, rather than what research suggests about religion. Its usefulness will depend on what exactly you hope to come away with. To subscribe, send the following command in the BODY of mail to
      LISTSERV@SJUVM.STJOHNS.EDU:
      SUBSCRIBE SPIRAMED
      The Spiramed listowner is Jean-Marc Mantel: spiram@netvision.net.il

    SSREL-L

      SSREL-L is a private list for discussion of issues like those that appear in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. It is a low volume list for social science researchers in religion. SSREL-L does not welcome arguments for or against faith, nor does it welcome proselytizing or discussion of the merits of a religion or religious denomination. I have found it very helpful from time to time, and recommend it to others who study religious phenomena from a social science perspective. To subscribe, send the following command in the BODY of mail to
      OWNER-SSREL-L@ODIN.BERRY.EDU:
      ADD SSREL-L YOUR@EMAIL.ADDRESS

    Tantra-L

      Tantra-L is a discussion list focusing on tantras, which have become part of Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The list is a closed (by subscription) list but it is unmoderated. If you are interested in Hinduism and Buddhism, you may find this list of value. To subscribe, send the following command in the BODY of mail to LISTSERV@UNCG.EDU:
      SUBSCRIBE TANTRA-L YOUR NAME

    Theosci

      An interesting place to discuss science and theology is found at the THEOSCI discussion list. I have not subscribed to this list myself, but am told that it is an interesting list, and not overwhelming in the number of messages sent each day. To subscribe, send the followin command in the BODY of mail to MXSERVER@ALPHA.AUGUSTANA.EDU:
      SUBSCRIBE THEOSCI
      The list moderator is Gary Mann, whose address is REMANN_delete_this_@AUGUSTANA.EDU

    Transpsych-L

      Transpsych-L is an open, unmoderated discussion list of topics in transpersonal psychology, which includes aspects of spirituality. To subscribe, send the following command in the BODY of mail to LISTSERV@NEWCIV.ORG:
      SUBSCRIBE TRANSPSYCH-L
      I have not participated in this list, so I can't comment on the number or quality of messages. If you find it particularly useful or interesting (or uninteresting or unuseful), please let me know.

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    Good Things on the Net


    Perspectives on People

    Science

    Art

    • Visit the Louvre without travelling to Paris.
    • The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art will give you a view of some of humanity's finer moments.
    • Some people might not consider it art, but I can think of few things more beautiful than the scenery of Southern Utah. Max Bertola has a variety of pictures and articles to introduce you to this corner of the world. This link was not active the last time I checked. It may be available now.
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    Censorship Information

    • The Blue Ribbon Campaign is the most famous "free speech" site on the internet.
    • The File Room is a list of censorship cases, many of which involve religion, such as the Bible, Koran, Galileo and Rushdie.
    • Bonfire of Liberties is a beautifully-done examination of censorship in the humanities.

    Computer and Internet Resources


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