Cruel God, Kind God: How Images of God Shape Belief, Attitude, and Outlook

Cruel God, Kind God: How Images of God Shape Belief, Attitude, and Outlook

Cruel God, Kind God: How Images of God Shape Belief, Attitude, and Outlook

Cruel God, Kind God: How Images of God Shape Belief, Attitude, and Outlook

Synopsis

This enlightening analysis of the image of a cruel God sustained by conservative Christianity reveals how this image formed, the psychological effects of this concept, and the ways in which it has guided religious individuals-in both positive and negative ways.

Excerpt

The interface between psychology, religion, and spirituality has been of great interest to scholars for a century. In the last three decades, a broad popular appetite has developed for books that make practical sense out of the complicated research on these three subjects. Freud had a negative outlook on the relationship between psychology, religion, and spirituality and thought that the interaction between them was destructive. Jung, on the other hand, was quite sure that these three aspects of the human spirit were constructively linked and that one could not be separated from the others. Anton Boisen and Seward Hiltner derived much insight from both Freud and Jung, as well as from Adler and Reik, and fashioned a useful framework for understanding the interface between psychology, religion, spirituality, and human psychospiritual development. We are in their debt.

This series of general interest books, so wisely urged by ABC-CLIO and particularly by its acquisitions editor, Debbie Carvalko, intends to define the terms and explore the interface of psychology, religion, and spirituality at the operational level of daily human experience. Each volume of the series identifies, analyzes, describes, and evaluates the issues of both popular and professional interest that deal with the psychospiritual factors at play (1) in the way religion takes shape and is expressed, (2) in the way spirituality functions within human persons and shapes both religious formation and religious expression, and (3) in the ways that spirituality is shaped and expressed by religious traditions and practices.

The books in this series are written for the general reader, the local library, and the undergraduate university student. They are also of . . .

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