As contemporary behavioral scientists living and working within an often secular, scientific, and empirically focused world as well as being affiliated with rigorous academic institutions and research programs, we wonder if the fruits of the spirit have any empirical and scientific basis. Does engagement with religion and spirituality make us better people or make us worse?
Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith
Thomas G. Plante
"Plante, T. G. (2012). Fruits of faith, fruits of the spirit. In T. G. Plante (Ed.). Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith, pp. 3-8. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO."