Existential anxiety and religiosity

@article{Peters2019ExistentialAA,
  title={Existential anxiety and religiosity},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Peters},
  journal={Critical Research on Religion},
  year={2019},
  volume={7},
  pages={275 - 291}
}
  • F. Peters
  • Published 12 September 2019
  • Psychology
  • Critical Research on Religion
Analysis of the psychological processes involved in generating the sense of supernatural agency, as well as social scientific research into the factors most directly associated with the prevalence of religious belief and practice (religiosity), both support a common finding: the direct correlation between levels of existential anxiety and the prevalence and intensity of religiosity (religious belief and practice). All functional elements of religion (beliefs, rituals, prayers) involve efforts… 

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 82 REFERENCES

Spirituality and Religiosity: Relative Relationships to Death Anxiety

To assess the relative contributions of spirituality and religiosity to levels of death anxiety, the Templer Death Anxiety Scale (TDAS) [1] and the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS) [2] were

The Sense of Supernatural Agency

  • F. Peters
  • Psychology
    Journal of Cognition and Culture
  • 2021
The sense of supernatural agency constitutes a defining characteristic of the religious sphere of life. But what accounts for the continued cross-cultural recurrence of this psychological phenomenon

Value priorities and religiosity in four Western religions.

Theological, sociological, and psychological analyses of religion suggest that religiosity associates positively with values that enhance transcendence, preserve the social order, and protect

The Psychology of Religious Behavior, Belief and Experience

The Psychology of Religious Behavior, Belief and Experience. By Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi and Michael Argyle. London and New York: Routledge, 1997. xii + 256 pp. $21.99 (paper). The figure of Sigmund

Religious coping and psychological adjustment to stress: a meta-analysis.

TLDR
The results of the study generally supported the hypotheses thatpositive and negative forms of religious coping are related to positive and negative psychological adjustment to stress, respectively.

The influence of religion on death anxiety and death acceptance

Parishioners (n = 130) of an Episcopal church in New York City participated in a survey to explore the relationship between the religiosity, death acceptance, and death anxiety. Among the four

A Terror Management Analysis of the Psychological Functions of Religion

TLDR
Research is reviewed demonstrating that mortality salience produces increased belief in afterlife, supernatural agency, human ascension from nature, and spiritual distinctions between mind and body.

Religion and Political Economy in an International Panel

Economic and political developments affect religiosity, and the extent of religious participation and beliefs influence economic performance and political institutions. We study these two directions

Supernatural as Natural: A Biocultural Approach to Religion

Introduction Religion's Family Resemblances Religion, Spirituality, and Religiosity Overview of Book Chapter 1: Anthropology and the Study of Religion Introduction to the Anthropological Study of
...