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Adieu to God By Mick Power

Adieu to God
by Mick Power

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Religion clings to the supernatural for psychological comfort. In Adieu to God, Mick Powers provides a fair and balanced exploration of why this continues to be the case despite science's repeated disproval of supernatural forces.
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Adieu to God: Why Psychology Leads to Atheism by Mick Power

Adieu to God examines atheism from a psychological perspective and reveals how religious phenomena and beliefs are psychological rather than supernatural in origin. * Answers the psychological question of why, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, do religions continue to prosper? * Looks at atheism and religion using a fair and balanced approach based on the latest work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry and medicine * Acknowledges the many psychological benefits of religion while still questioning the validity of its supernatural belief systems and providing atheist alternatives to a fulfilling life

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Adieu to God Reviews

In this fascinating little book (201 pages, including references and a subject index), Mick Power communicates no such tinge of agnosticism when proclaiming in the preface of Adieu to God: Why Psychology Leads to Atheismthat my belief is that psychology (with help from philosophy, anthropology, sociology, physics, biology ...) offers a far more powerful explanation than any religious system ever will (p.x). ( PsycCRITIQUES, 1 June 2013) His final chapter summarises the argument and proposes how one might be a healthy atheist with a sense of meaning and purpose, a sense of belonging and community and a set of personal goals and values. He does not forecast the disappearance of religions but proposes how they can be explained in terms of psychology and sociology. (The Scientific & Medical Network, 1 April 2012)

About Mick Power

Mick Power is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, as well as a practicing Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Guy's Hospital and Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals. Raised as a Catholic, Power became an atheist at 16.

Table of Contents

Preface ix 1. A Short History of Religion 1 2. The Psychology of Religion The Varieties of Normal Experience 33 3. The Psychology of Religion The Varieties of Abnormal Experience 61 4. Social Structures and Religion 89 5. Religion, Power, and Control 113 6. Religion and Health 141 7. How to Be a Healthy Atheist 167 References 181 Author Index 191 Subject Index 195

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Adieu to God: Why Psychology Leads to Atheism by Mick Power
Mick Power
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John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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