PSMB020 Psychology of religion

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
PhDr. Pavel Moravec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Pavel Moravec, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PS_BB023 Psychology of Religion &&! PSBB012 Psychology of Religion
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 10 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/10, only registered: 0/10
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal of this subject is to present the connection between psychology and religious experience in order to show the positive influence of faith on individual well-being and also to show the possibility to destroy the personality by misinterpreted religious experience. Because of the limited time, the field of study has been narrowed to Christianity. The goal of the topic is not a theoretical lecture but the presentation of practical experiences (research results, case studies). The discussion about the actual critical topics from the Church environment is welcomed.
Learning outcomes
Students will have overview od psychology of religion – historical backgrounds and present issues. They will also have common knowledges of religionist and philosophy of religion, which form backgrounds of psychology of religion. They will also be able to reflect special themes as development of religion experiencing by ontogenesis, religious conversion, psychological overview on religious rituals, suicide, homosessuality or sexual abuse among Churches. They will also be able to reflect religious experiencing by the main psychiatric diseases.
  • Introduction + possibility to fulfill some spirituality tests.
  • The main world religions.
  • History of psychology of religion.
  • Research of spirituality.
  • Religion as a social fenomenon. Sects.
  • The spiritual interpretation of the Bible.
  • The religious rituals.
  • Religion and ethics.
  • Development of the faith by believers.
  • Psychopathology of religion (religious experience within defense mechanisms, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety).
  • Special issues: pedofil skandals, homosesuality, suicidium.
    required literature
  • VOJTÍŠEK, Zdeněk, Pavel DUŠEK and Jiří MOTL. Spiritualita v pomáhajících profesích. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2012. 231 s. ISBN 9788026200888. info
  • ŘÍČAN, Pavel. Psychologie náboženství a spirituality. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2007. 326 s. ISBN 9788073673123. info
  • HALAMOVÁ, Alena. Nahá žena na střeše : psychoterapeutické aspekty biblických příběhů. Edited by Prokop Remeš. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2004. 197 s. ISBN 8071789216. info
  • HOLM, Nils G. Úvod do psychologie náboženství. Translated by Karel Balcar. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 1998. 157 s. ISBN 80-7178-217-3. info
    recommended literature
  • Beier, M. (2006). A Violent God-Image. An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann. New York, London: Continuum.
  • Hood, R. W., Hill, P. C., Spilka, B. (2009). The Psychology of Religion. An Empirical Approach. New York, London: The Guilford Press.
  • Říčan, P., Janošová, P. (2010). Spirituality as a Basic Aspect of Personality: A Cross-Cultural Verification of Piedmont’s Model. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 20, s. 2–13
  • Cozzens, D. (2004). Sacred Silence. Denial and the Crisis in the Church. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.
  • Frielingsdorf, K. (2010). Falešné představy o Bohu. Karmelitánské nakladatelství, Kostelní Vydří.
  • MÜLLER, Wunibald. Zamlčené rány : otázky sexuálního zneužívání v katolické církvi. Edited by Anselm Grün, Translated by Petr Babka. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2011. 212 s. ISBN 9788073678333. info
  • ŘÍČAN, Pavel. Psychologie náboženství. 1. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2002. 325 s. ISBN 80-7178-547-4. info
  • KAŠPARŮ, Jaroslav Max. Základy pastorální psychiatrie pro zpovědníky. Brno: Cesta, 2002. 153 s. ISBN 8072950312. info
Teaching methods
Lessons are structured in three all-day blocks on Saturdays.
Assessment methods
Active participation on lessons and essay ( 3 – 5 pages) on one of the following themes:
Right-wing and Christianity - searching of Christian backgrounds of the society or abolition of religion?
Fake news in internet with religious content.
Therapy of homosessuality on biblical backgrounds - alternative therapeutic way or ethically illegal behavior?
Believer client and non-believer therapist.
A free theme from the field of religion psychology (the previous consultation with a teacher is obligatory).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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