Friday, August 29, 2014

Religion is an instinct

The Religious Instinct
Thaomas J Hardy
Long Man Green and Co.

Human Nature has a wonderful way of being right and wrong at the same time. Right as regards its instinct and wrong as regards the direction it takes.

Updated 29 Aug 2014, 20 Oct 2012.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 16 - Ralph L. Piedmont - 2005 - Book Information

Google Book Link

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) publishes reports of innovative studies that pertain empirically or theoretically to the scientific study of religion, including spirituality, regardless of their academic discipline or professional orientation.
The articles included in this volume report studies on the role of religion and spirituality in relationship to many topics of current popular interest, among them well-being, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, substance abuse, social mobility, positive psychology, coping with medical decision making, and images of God.

Ralph L. Piedmont is Psychologist at the Department of Pastoral Counseling, Loyola College in Maryland, Columbia, USA. One of his publications is The Revised NEO Personality Inventory: Clinical and Research Applications (Plenum Press, 1998).

Table of contents

Christian Belief About the Bible and the Holy Spirit in Relation to Psychological Type.
Andrew Village

Monastic Spirituality Beyond the Cloister: A Preliminary Look at Lay Cistercians.
William L. Smith

Relationships Between Spiritual Transcendence and Emotional Intelligence Among Older Catholic Nuns.
Ann Billard, Joanne M. Greer, Mary Ellen Merrick, William Sneck, S.J., and N. J. Scheers

A Comparison of Religiosity Between European-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans.
George Yancey

God Images and Self-Esteem: A Study Among 11-18 Year-olds.
Leslie J. Francis

Charismatic Experience and Emotional Stability: A Study Among Adult Christians.
Leslie J. Francis and Susan H. Jones

Social Mobility and Religion: Evidence From Lebanon.
Marianne El Khoury and Ugo Panizza

Hope, Optimism, Pessimism, and Spirituality as Predictors of Well-Being Controlling for Personality
Joseph W. Ciarrocchi and Erin Deneke

Parental Rejection and Religiosity: Differential Predictors of Mood and Substance Use.
John J. Cecero and Adam L. Fried

Is a Consensus Definition of Spirituality Possible? Theory Construction in Spiritually-Oriented Psychotherapy.
Len Sperry

Religious Coping and Mental Health Outcomes in Family Members Making DNR Decisions.
Johanna R. Sood, Celia B. Fisher, and Daniel P. Sulmasy

Spirituality, Religious Commitment, and Psychological Well-being
Stephen A. Price and Lawrence G. Herringer

Spiritual Transcendence as an Unmediated Causal Predictor of Psychological Growth and Worldview Among Filipinos
Gabriel S. Dy-Liacco, M. Christine Kennedy, Donna J. Parker, and Ralph L. Piedmont

Spirituality as “Feeling Connected with the Transcendent:” Outline of a Transpersonal Psychology of Adult Development of Self.
Jan Sinnott

Details of other volume are also there in the website and they have to be collected.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Reengineering America - Dick Formichella - A Novel on Changing the Government System

Reengineering America

Dick Formichella
iUniverse, 21-Jun-2005 -

A driven entrepreneur who made millions in the software industry, John Payton strongly believes that the American system of government is outdated. In fact, he's on a mission to convince the American people that they need a new 'tech-savvy" Constitution. According to John's calculations, such a version would be more effective, save billions of dollars in taxes, and could even establish a form of government closer to pure democracy.

With the secret help of an ambitious senator and his brilliant chief of staff, Payton starts a movement called 'Reengineering America." The group is dedicated to pressuring Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment mandating that a second Constitutional Convention rewrite the document.

But Payton's unlikely crusade captures the attention of sinister and powerful forces both in and outside the government. Some want to stop him at any cost-while others want to ensure he succeeds for their own nefarious purposes.

Unable to distinguish friend from foe, John Payton must ultimately put his fortune- and his life-at risk trying to convince a dubious nation it's time to modernize a 200 year old system of government.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Humility - An Unlikely Virtue

Presentation by Dr. David Bobb on his new book, Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue given at Hillsdale College's Kirby Center on November 5, 2013.

It is the time where people say be assertive, be aggressive. It is surprising to note that some US Presidently has shown humility.



Conservatism and Radicalism - Burke and Paine

Burke and a lot of conservatives  begin with very low expectations of human beings.They are very limited in the abilities and based on this it is amazing if something is working and giving results. Hence they  want to build on existing working systems it, rather than try to uproot the system and substitute it with a new system.

Paine thinks in the opposite way and starts with the belief that systems put in place by some people earlier can be replaced by new system designed by people now. Therefore,  there is no excuse for failure and things which are not working and delivering expected results have to be redesigned. When we see a society in which injustice reigns, we have to start from scratch and in a radical way change things.

Yuval Levin Author of "The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left" in an interview.