Conceptualizing Religion and Spirituality: Points of Commonality, Points of Departure

  title={Conceptualizing Religion and Spirituality: Points of Commonality, Points of Departure},
  author={Peter C. Hill and Kenneth I. Pargament and Ralph W Hood and Michael E. McCullough and James P. Swyers and David B. Larson and Brian J. Zinnbauer},
  journal={Journal for The Theory of Social Behaviour},
Psychologists' emerging interest in spirituality and religion as well as the relevance of each phenomenon to issues of psychological importance requires an understanding of the fundamental characteristics of each construct. On the basis of both historical considerations and a limited but growing empirical literature, we caution against viewing spirituality and religiousness as incompatible and suggest that the common tendency to polarize the terms simply as individual vs. institutional or ′good… 
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    The American psychologist
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