Some contributions of a psychological approach to the study of the sacred

  title={Some contributions of a psychological approach to the study of the sacred},
  author={K. Pargament and D. Oman and Julie M. Pomerleau and A. Mahoney},
  pages={718 - 744}
ABSTRACT This paper examines some of the contributions psychology is making to the study of the sacred and its role in human functioning. The focus here is not on the ontological reality of the sacred, but rather perceptions of the sacred. We suggest that psychological theory and research on this topic offers: a clarification of the meaning of the sacred; new knowledge about sanctification – the process through which people come to perceive the sacred in daily life; a response to criticisms… Expand
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