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.
Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith
Thomas G. Plante
"Plante, T. G. (2012). Fruits of the Spirit – Next steps. In T. G. Plante (Ed.). Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith, pp. 269-272. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO."