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Psychology of Religion

A Theology of Juxtaposition for Everyday Life

Posted on04 Jun 2018
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My first official publication on the theology of juxtaposition was finally published last week on HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, Volume 74, No 2, a4630. It was exciting to work on the paper with my long-time friend and brother in Christ, Dr Joe Miller of Southern California Seminary, USA. You can download the full paper online here. The paper basically responds to the spiritual struggles and issues associated with having a relationship experience with God by...
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Place Attachment in the Bible

Posted on23 Dec 2017
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I am truly honoured to publish a joint-work on the role of place attachment in religion with Fraser Watts in the Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3): 218-232. Dr Watts is currently the Visiting Professor in Psychology of Religion at the University of Lincoln, and previously served as Reader in Theology and Science at Cambridge University, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the University of London, Principal Psychologist at King’s College Hospital, and Senior Scientist at...
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Photos from the 2017 AFSAAP Conference in Adelaide, Australia

Posted on23 Dec 2017
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It was a great delight to be part of the 41 African Studies Association of Australasia Pacific Conference at the University of Adelaide. The conference took place from the 23 – 24 of November 2017. It was exciting to give a presentation on Attachment and Quality of Life in African Diaspora in Australia. My argument was that attachment is an important psychological experience for most African migrants due to their experience of forced displacement, migration,...
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Photos from the 2017 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Conference

Posted on23 Dec 2017
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It was a great honour to be part of this year’s International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) conference in Hamar, Norway. It was exciting to re-connect with many long-distance mentors. I gave a paper presentation on the topic, “Place Spirituality and Quality of Life in Australia”. The aim of my paper was to investigate whether place attachment is associated with outcomes of quality of life, and the extent to which this association is...
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Attachment-motivated Religious Conflicts and Psychopathology

Posted on08 Sep 2017
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What is the cause of religious-related conflicts and acts of terrorism? And how can we explain the conflicts from the perspective of the individual perpetrator? These questions are what I have attempted to address in my latest article on “Attachment Theory and Religious Violence” published in a special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion on the Role of Religion in Violence and Peacebuilding. Here is an excerpt from the editorial which I believe...
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Between God and Self: On Youth Identity Crisis

Posted on07 Aug 2017
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There are reasons to believe that how we construct the self stems from our close relationship experiences, and in particular, in the existence of God as a symbolic attachment figure. In a study conducted with about one hundred young South African Christians, results reveal that this might be the case. This notion is consistent with the ideas of Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate who have both written extensively on attachment and authenticity. They stress the importance...
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A Caregiving Faith: What Does It Mean for Young People?

Posted on12 Jan 2017
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If we take as a premise that there is an enduring tie that bonds relational partners in a relationship then the paper The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A care-giving faith? should concern all of us, especially those working with young people. The main bulk of the argument in the paper was that youth faith experience precipitates from a ‘behavioural system’ known as the ‘attachment system’. It is said that a sense of attachment resonates with...
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