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by Walter Kania

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Author: Walter Kania
ISBN: 1425924166
ISBN13: 978-1425924164
Language: English
Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 31, 2006)
Pages: 292
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Healthy Religion: A Psych. has been added to your Cart. Dr. Kania begins by contrasting the characteristics of unhealthy vs. healthy religion. In general, the author places them in the categories of conservative vs. liberal religious approaches, respectively

Healthy Religion: A Psych. liberal religious approaches, respectively. He then draws from mythology to illustrate that many of the conservatively literal interpretations of scripture actually represent symbols that can be interpreted metaphorically rather than as actual Biblical events. Often these symbols denote psychological themes about life, human experience, and personal growth.

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This book has been written in response to a need for an up-todate, comprehensive treatment of the field of the psychology of religion. Recently there has been much work done in the area of religion and mental health, but other areas of the general field have been neglected. I have not omitted the important subject of religion and mental health, but I have tried to make my coverage full and inclusive. Consequently the reader will find something said about nearly all the important areas, though obviously none could be treated exhaustively in a survey volume. In my subtitle I have called my work.

Healthy Religion : A Psychological Guide to A Mature Faith.

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Healthy Religion: A Psychological Guide to a Mature Faith, by Walter Kania. Literal, dogmatic religious postures of fundamental and evangelical groups are manifestations of close-minded authoritarianism.

Strictly speaking, psychology of religion consists of the application of psychological methods and interpretive frameworks to the diverse contents of religious traditions as well as to both religious and irreligious individuals

Strictly speaking, psychology of religion consists of the application of psychological methods and interpretive frameworks to the diverse contents of religious traditions as well as to both religious and irreligious individuals. The extraordinary range of methods and frameworks can be helpfully summed up regarding the classic distinction between the natural-scientific and human-scientific approaches.

Dr. Jacob Bronowski, in his book and PBS documentary series entitled "The Ascent of Man" spoke of unhealthy religion when he stood before the ashes of his relatives at the Auschwitz crematorium. He said, "This is how men behave when they believe they have absolute knowledge." People seek simple answers and absolute knowledge, but anyone or any religion that claims absolute knowledge or absolute and infallible religious sources and tells people what to think, is a clear carrier and manifestation of unhealthy religion. Is "Healthy Religion" an oxymoron or is it achievable in one's life? This research-based document provides you with the means for identifying what is healthy and what is unhealthy in religion. You may be surprised to discover that what you believe and the manner in which you practice your religion may be more a function of your personality than of your religion in the way in which your personality attaches itself and expresses itself in your religion. Literal, dogmatic religious postures of fundamental and evangelical groups are manifestations of close-minded authoritarianism. They also reflect militant, and extremist dictates for one to follow. The manipulation and mind-control methods of fear, guilt, and shame, used with people to secure membership and provide group consensus in belief, violate the very essence of religion and the basic foundations of what is "Healthy Religion". Certain attributes of healthy personality produce healthy religion, and healthy religion promotes healthy personality. You will uncover the ingredients and characteristics of both in this book!
Comments to eBook Healthy Religion: A Psychological Guide to a Mature Faith
Felolak
"Healthy Religion" points out the conflicts and dangers of rigid and dogmatic thinking. History and current events are full of the sad consequences of intolerant beleif systems.

Dr. Kania's background as well as the subject matter was what made this book a "must read" for me. I was also raised a Catholic in Ohio, spent time in the Air Force, have college degrees in the sciences and have had exposure and even past envolvement in "southern" fundamentalism.

This book was not always easy for me to read, having fond memories and positive fellowships I will always value.

I think it would be very interesting to read Dr. Kania's personal biography if ever published.
Jockahougu
The subject, "healthy religion," is an extremely critical topic in our world. The title of this book is therefore intriguing. I recently used this book as a text book for my graduate class on the psychology of religion. I was disappointed in the book. It was not a balanced, scholarly and carefully reasoned discussion of the many complex issues. The author has a clear ax to grind and runs the risk of creating another set of dogma, the very thing he preaches against. The author throws a lot of information, quotes and authors at the reader to support his viewpoint, without being appropriately self critical or seeing the issues in a more sophisticated manner. His opinions are clear. Readers will probably either love what he has to say or hate it. In any case, I did not find it appropriate for the classroom setting.
Berkohi
Given the increasing influence of religious issues among global leaders and American politicians, I read this book to understand more about religion's affect on the development of personality.

Dr. Kania begins by contrasting the characteristics of unhealthy vs. healthy religion. In general, the author places them in the categories of conservative vs. liberal religious approaches, respectively. He then draws from mythology to illustrate that many of the conservatively literal interpretations of scripture actually represent symbols that can be interpreted metaphorically rather than as actual Biblical events. Often these symbols denote psychological themes about life, human experience, and personal growth. Next, the author reviews the theoretical work of psychologists who incorporated a religious sentiment into their theories, some of whom described qualities of mature or healthy religion, thus setting the stage for his chapter connecting personality and religion.

While Dr. Kania discusses the limiting qualities of fundamentalism and other authoritarian religious viewpoints on personality growth and development, my favorite chapter is his chapter titled "Healthy Religion". In this chapter he presents twenty-five considerations to help you evaluate the healthiness of your own religious perspective. I think many of these considerations would provide one with a pause for thought and a basis for discussion if one is questioning their religious approach or desiring to broaden their religious perspective. Also helpful are the author's three minimal requirements for healthy religion. They are centered on the development of the individual's personality and his or her belief about ultimate power and authority.

Overall, Dr. Kania makes a case that unhealthy religion is an externalized closed system. Its authoritarian style and judgmental tone tends to stymie an individual's process of self-exploration, a necessary component for the growth of a healthy personality. On the other hand, healthy religion is an internalized open process that evolves in stages as one's personality also evolves. In support, Dr. Kania discusses a stage theory of religious development that corresponds to the stages of personality development. He also discusses the importance of providing a nonjudgmental environment where there is freedom to safely explore and question one's religious and spiritual beliefs in order to progress through the developmental stages.

This book causes me to reflect on my own religious experiences and evolving personality as well as the overall importance of religion on personality development. As a consequence, it gives me pause for thought about our world leaders and the affect of their religious backgrounds on their personality and leadership style.
Whitebeard
No matter what your religious background, you'll be fascinated by the historical facts and data regarding religion that are so meticulously presented by Dr. Kania resulting from over 70 years of his research, technical studies, formal education, professional practice and relative life experiences. It's uplifting to see scholars such as Dr. Kania present such clear information that helps us question the potentially dangerous, controlling and personally destructive, underlying motives of certain religious "powerhouses" in our society. I challenge anyone to explore this information and not feel incredibly awakened to a healthier approach. Thank you Dr. Kania.
Zepavitta
This book is eye opening. I feel that this book is going to be a popular, best selling one. If you have an open mind,you'll like this one. If you have any interest in spirituality and religion,you'll find much useful information.(if you have "other-than-an-open-mind", you might find it a challenge) This book should be in every library in the country. Perhaps Dr. Kania could come out of retirement and teach a class at the University level again. If so, tell me where and I'll sign up.
GoodBuyMyFriends
If you are looking for the straight scoop on religious issues, you've found the right source. I liked Dr. Kania's references to mythology which helped to illustrate some important points. The contents have been so well researched, it's impossible to argue Kania's conclusions. "Healthy Religion" expands one's view of the religions of the world and leaves one with a comfortable feeling of spiritual well-being. I'm glad I read it.
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