The Human Symbolic Construction of Reality

A Psycho-Phenomenological Study

By Nils G. Holm

It is typical of humans to create forms of understanding at a symbolic level of the biological and physiological reality that confronts them. This gives meaning and a coherent structure to the often chaotic nature of that reality. This book sums up several years of research into religion from a perspective informed by history, phenomenology, and psychology. Religion has been a means of creating such symbolic understandings. The similarities between various religions are actually very great, although their differences tend to dominate our view of them. Everything in the world of religion can be traced back to everyday simple circumstances which, through the construction of symbols at both the cognitive and the behavioral levels, acquire a more elevated and "sacred" character. The book provides an introduction to the key aspects of a psycho/phenomenological study of the forms of expression within religions. (Series: Nordic Studies in Religion and Culture - Vol. 2) [Subject: Religious Studies, Phenomenology, Psychology]


Publication Date: 9/12/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643905260