Adieu to God examines atheism from a psychological perspective and reveals how religious phenomena and beliefs are psychological rather than supernatural in origin. * Answers the psychological question of why, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, do religions continue to prosper? * Looks at atheism and religion using a fair and balanced approach based on the latest work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry and medicine * Acknowledges the many psychological benefits of religion while still questioning the validity of its supernatural belief systems and providing atheist alternatives to a fulfilling life
Mick Power is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, as well as a practicing Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Guy's Hospital and Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals. Raised as a Catholic, Power became an atheist at 16.
Preface ix 1. A Short History of Religion 1 2. The Psychology of Religion The Varieties of Normal Experience 33 3. The Psychology of Religion The Varieties of Abnormal Experience 61 4. Social Structures and Religion 89 5. Religion, Power, and Control 113 6. Religion and Health 141 7. How to Be a Healthy Atheist 167 References 181 Author Index 191 Subject Index 195