Psychological approaches to religious faith often lie at the foundation of modern religious doubt and atheism. Psychology attempts to understand faith through human motives, needs, environmental conditions and developmental trends without assuming the reality of God. It offers a natural account of our belief that can serve as an alternative to the supernatural one of religion. Professor Rachel Blass explores some of these psychological approaches to faith and the doubts that they may raise for the believer, and shows how the encounter with these approaches helps us to both understand and to deepen the nature and content of our faith.
(talk given autumn 2012)
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