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Psychology of Religion
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies and History

Since the mid-19th century, the psychology of religion has developed into an independent academic discipline, with its roots partly in psychology and partly in religious studies (R. Otto). Its goal is to identify the function of religion and also to make it therapeutically useful (Psychology: IV). A crucial role was played by fascination with the then-novel methodology of the natural sciences (“scientism”) and…

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Heine, Susanne, “Psychology of Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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