Chapter 13. God's Champions and Adversaries: About the Borders between Normal and Abnormal Religiosity

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian1,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry2,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry3,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry4 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry5
  1. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch13

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Van Praag, H. M. (2010) God's Champions and Adversaries: About the Borders between Normal and Abnormal Religiosity, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 3

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 4

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 5

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203

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Keywords:

  • God's champions and adversaries - borders between normal and abnormal religiosity;
  • normal, abnormal and pathological manifestations of religiosity;
  • religion, developed around the assumed existence of a super-natural authority;
  • normality of religious receptivity;
  • relationship of religious person to God - relation to God is per definition one of dependency;
  • emotional response need - emotions invoking need of another and someone who cares to respond;
  • religious receptivity - normal psychological quality;
  • abnormal religious behavior - phenomenon deviating from the norm;
  • abnormal religious behavior, hyporeligiosity - agnostic, does not know religious feelings;
  • religious receptivity - normal component of man's experiential repertoire

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definitions

  • Starting Points

  • Abnormal Religious Behavior

  • Abnormal Religious Behavior: Hyporeligiosity

  • Abnormal Religious Manifestations: Hyper-Religiosity

  • Practical Consequences

  • Discussion

  • Summary

  • References