AMS 390 • Psychology and Religion in Modern American Culture
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
This course will explore one of the most noticeable but elusive characteristics of modern culture, the interpenetration of realms of thought, ritual, and experience claimed by psychology and religion. We will attempt to make historical and cultural sense of this phenomena, both by reading widely in relevant texts concerning religion and psychology and by embarking on individual research projects that investigate thinkers, movements, and critical literatures on the borderline of these two worlds. We will spend the first half of the course reading intensively in the subject even as individuals begin formulating their research projects, and then will spend seminar sessions in the last half hearing reports and discussing the findings of members of the seminar.
Readings will include: William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience; Sigmund Freud, The Question of Lay Analysis and select papers; David E. Roberts, various works on psychoanalysis, existentialism, and Christianity; Paul Tillich, selected works on religion and psychoanalysis; Rollo May, Love and Will and selected papers; and other readings as yet to be determined