SCA University of Theology and Spirituality

West Coast Office:

7209 S. Puget Sound Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98409

Phone:  (253) 442-6850

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505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 900

New York, NY 10018

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Course Author: Rev. Lori Erwin-Johnson, MS Psy., DD


This course, Psychology of Religion & Spirituality, orients the students as they navigate a world of religion and spirituality through the lens of psychological sciences. This course will examine different psychological theories, methodology, and research in relation to faith development and the human condition. This class will require the student to expand their understanding through self-reflection; as well as building upon their research skills and applications in the field of spiritual care and religious studies.


This course is divided into Course Resources and four modules. There is one module per week over a four-week period. The week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.


Each weekly module contains the following:

  • Required reading
  • 2 Discussion questions (DQ) - one due on Tuesday and the other due on Thursday
  • Videos
  • Essay - Due on Sunday.


Learning Objectives

During this course students will:

  • Be able to identify a variety of faith and religious traditions
  • Gain a better understanding of the different faiths and religions.
  • Learn to effectively differentiate the basic history and core beliefs of the religions presented.


Course Outline

  • Module 1: Mystical Experiences

    Describing Mystical Experiences

    Associated Values of Mystical Experiences

  • Module 2: Neurotheology & Biology

    Two Schools of Thought

    Are Humans Born Believers?

  • Module 3: Spiritual Development

    "Hard" Stage, "Soft" Stage, & "Functional" Stage Theories

    Fowler's Stages of Faith

    Streib's Religious Styles

    Wilber's Integral Spiritual Development

  • Module 4: Positive Psychology

    Virtues and Character Strengths

  • Practical Applications

    Psychology of Religion & Spirituality

    SKU: UTS.SD.303
    • Number of Credits Towards a Degree at SCA University of Theology and Spirituality - 5