Religion, Spirituality, and Development in Adulthood

  • James M. Nelson

Most religious traditions contain a rich body of wisdom about how to move beyond childhood faith to a mature religious and spiritual life (Casey, 1996, p. 59; see Section 7.2). In contrast, psychological research has tended to focus more on childhood or adolescence, and the psychological studies of adult development that do exist mostly neglect spiritual and religious issues. However, an interesting body of work does exist that casts light on a number of features of spiritual development during adulthood.


Religious Tradition Extrinsic Motivation Rational Choice Theory Spiritual Life Spiritual Development 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Nelson
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyValparaiso UniversityValparaisoUSA

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