Scholarly and comprehensive yet accessible, this state-of-the-science work is widely regarded as the definitive psychology of religion text. The authors synthesize classic and contemporary empirical research on religious thought, belief, and behavior across the lifespan; links between religion and biology; the forms and meaning of religious experience; the social psychology of religious organizations; and connections to morality, coping, mental health, and psychopathology. The text draws on research on numerous different religious groups. Designed for optimal use in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, every chapter features thought-provoking quotations and examples that bring key concepts to life. New to This Edition Revised and updated with the latest theories, methods, and empirical findings Many new research examples Restructured with fewer chapters for better "fit" with a typical semester More attention to the differences between religion and spirituality Covers emerging topics: genetics and neurobiology, positive psychology, atheism, and more.