Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2012

Publisher

Praeger/ABC-CLIO

Abstract

Overall, the chapters provide support for the notion that religious and spiritu al practices, behavior, and engagement are associated with improved psychological, physical, and community functioning and wellbeing. Religion and spirituality can make us better. The fruit of the spirit can result in a better quality of life. However, we must be mindful of the need for future quality research as well as the downside of religious engagement, too. Intolerance, rigidity, and in-group/out-group conflict can be problematic and create a situation in which tills type of religious engagement can lead to fruit that is not healthy but unhealthy. This fruit can lead to violence, bias, prejudice, and cruelty: a double-edged sword, perhaps.

Chapter of

Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith

Editor

Thomas G. Plante

Comments

Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith by Thomas G. Plante. Copyright © 2012 by Thomas G. permission of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA.

 
 

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