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
- Essay - Due on Sunday.
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.
- 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
Number of Credits Towards a Degree at SCA University of Theology and Spirituality - 5