Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2014 Edition
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Dittes, James

  • Nathan CarlinEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6086-2_9080

James Dittes (1926–2009) was the Roger J. Squire Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Yale University. He wrote many books and articles. The major topics that he addressed in his work include the vocation of ministry, contemporary western male experience, and theoretical and empirical psychology of religion (Capps and Dysktra 2003). His major books include The Church in the Way (Dittes 1967), Minister on the Spot (Dittes 1970), Bias and the Pious (Dittes 1973), When the People Say No (Dittes 1979), The Male Predicament (Dittes 1985), When Work Goes Sour (Dittes 1987), The Hunger of the Heart (Capps and Dittes 1990), Driven by Hope (Dittes 1996a), Men at Work (Dittes 1996b), Re-calling Ministry (Dittes 1999b), and Pastoral Counseling (Dittes 1999a). Three of his articles have been particularly influential, two of which have been cited over 150 times: “Effects of Different Conditions of Acceptance upon Conformity to Group Norms” (Kelley...

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Some of this material for this article is taken, in a condensed form, from my dissertation (Carlin 2010).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGovern Center for Humanities and EthicsUniversity of Texas Medical SchoolHoustonUSA