The Interplay of Social Science and Personal Belief in Gordon W. Allport's Psychology of Religion

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


In this study an analysis of G.W. Allport's psychology of religion was carried out from the perspective of personal equation with the aim of establishing an interchange between a scholarly and personal sphere in Allport's views of psychology of religion. A content analysis of Allport's collected scholarly writings on psychology of religion, and largely unpublished personal sources previously not used investigated the writings from following categories: the components of religion, the functions of religion, religion and social science, apologetics, religion and society, and the issue of human nature. The findings in the study revealed academic, personal, and theological components in Allport's directions in psychology of religion. Allport's personality theory is the theoretical base explaining differences in religious orientations. A life long personal religious commitment with distinctive theological features served as a motive in Allport's shaping of a theory in psychology in religion. It contributed as well to particular elements in the theory.


  • Jan Hermanson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • Religious Orientations, Content Analysis, G.W. Allport, Personal Equation, Personality Theory, Theology, Teologi
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date1998 Jan 12
  • Lund University Press
Print ISBNs91-7966-505-5
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 1998-01-12 Time: 10:15 Place: Samarkand, Akademiska föreningen External reviewer(s) Name: Wulff, David M. Title: Prof Affiliation: Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA --- The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)