Invited Essay: Mortal Body, Studying Lives: Restoring Eros to the Psychology of Religion

Hutch R.A. (1991) Invited Essay: Mortal Body, Studying Lives: Restoring Eros to the Psychology of Religion. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 1 4: 193-210. doi:10.1207/s15327582ijpr0104_1


Author Hutch R.A.
Title Invited Essay: Mortal Body, Studying Lives: Restoring Eros to the Psychology of Religion
Journal name The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-7582
Publication date 1991-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1207/s15327582ijpr0104_1
Volume 1
Issue 4
Start page 193
End page 210
Total pages 18
Subject 1212 Religious studies
3200 Psychology
Abstract Implications of the complicity of the psychology of religion in the postmodern condition of knowledge are countered by an argument that the body should be given more account in this field of research. Such an emphasis is exemplified by the work of Henry Murray, who himself located his research somewhere “between biology (science) and literature (art)” (Murray, 1938, p. 607). A revival of Murray's emphasis suggests that embo the d knowledge derives not from the study of individuals' “meanings” in living but their needs and acts, which together articulate two ”laws of the mortal body”-namely, the turnover of generations (mortality-natality) and gender complementarity (sexuality). Specific accounting for these laws in the study of lives (e.g., biography, autobiography) will restore erosöor an aspiration to higher valueöto the psychology of religion: How do subjects construe their pasts and futures and their changing location in temporality? How do subjects link themselves to their pasts and futures in terms of overall strategies and practical tactics for living in the present? Such an accounting also will make the psychology of religion an inherently soteriological enterprise for researchers.
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