This bibliography contains important representatives from most aspects of the entire field of the academic study of religious and spiritual experiences. It is far from complete, as a result, and slightly uneven. But it is extremely useful nonetheless.
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Al-Ghazālī. 1999. The Deliverance from Error. Annotated trans. by Rich Joseph McCarthy. Louisville: Fons Vitae.
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Alston, William P. 1993. Perceiving God: The Epistemology of Religious Experience. Cornell University Press.
Ames, Edward Scribner. 1910. The Psychology of Religious Experience. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Andresen, Jensine; Forman, Robert K. C. (eds). 2000. Cognitive Models and Spiritual Maps. Journal of Consciousness Studies 7/10-11 (Nov-Dec 2000). Imprint Academic.
Andresen, Jensine (ed.). 2001. Religion in Mind: Cognitive Perspectives on Religious Belief, Ritual, and Experience. Cambridge University Press.
Ashbrook, James B. 1984. The Human Mind and the Mind of God: Theological Promise in Brain Research. Lanham: University Press of America.
Ashbrook, James B.; Albright, Carol Rausch. 1997. The Humanizing Brain: Where Religion and Neuroscience Meet. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press.
Atran, Scott. 2002. In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Augustine. Confessions. Book 7. Trans. Henry Chadwick. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Austin, James H. 1998. Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness. MIT.
Azari, Nina P.; Nickel, J.; Wunderlich, G.; Niedeggen, M.; Hefter, H.; Tellmann, L.; et al. 2001. “Neural correlates of religious experience,” European Journal of Neuroscience 13/8: 1649-1652.
Baetz, M.; Larson, D. B.; Marcoux, G.; Bowen, R.; & Griffin, R. 2002. “Canadian psychiatric inpatient religious commitment: An association with mental health.” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 47/2: 159-166.
Bagger, Matthew C. 1999. Religious Experience, Justification, and History. Cambridge University Press.
Bailey, Lee Worth; Yates, Jenny (eds.) 1996. The Near-Death Experience: A Reader. Routledge.
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Batson, C. Daniel; Ventis, W. Larry; Schoenrade, Patricia A., (eds.). 1993. Religion and the Individual: A Social-Psychological Perspective. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.
Beauregard, Mario; O’Leary, Denyse. 2007. The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul. San Francisco: HarperOne.
Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin; Argyle, Michael. 1997. The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience. New York: Routledge.
Berger, Peter L. 1967. The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion. Garden City: Doubleday.
Berger, Peter L. 1979. The Heretical Imperative: Contemporary Possibilities of Religious Affirmation. Anchor Press.
Bloch, Maurice. 1992. Prey Into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience. The Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.
Bonaventure. 1988. The Mind's Road to God. In Cousins, Bonaventure.
Booth, J. N.; Koren, S. A.; Persinger, M.A. 2005. “Increased feelings of the sensed presence and increased geomagnetic activity at the time of the experience during exposures to transcerebral weak complex magnetic fields.” International Journal of Neuroscience 115/7: 1053-1079.
Boyer, Pascal. 2001. Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought. New York: Basic Books.
Brinton, Howard H. 1996. Quaker Journals: Varieties of Religious Experience among Friends, 3rd ed. Wallingford, PA: Pendle Hill Publications.
Brown, Warren; Caetano, Carla. 1992. “Conversion, cognition, and neuropsychology.” In H. N. Maloney and S. Southard (eds.), Handbook of Religious Conversion. Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press.
Bucke, Richard Maurice, M.D. 1969 (1901). Cosmic Consciousness. E. P. Dutton and Company.
Byrne, Peter 2000. “Perceiving God and Realism.” Philo 3/2: 74-88.
Callahan, Sidney. 2003. Women Who Hear Voices: The Challenge of Religious Experience. New York: Paulist Press.
Cardeña, Etzel; Lynn, Steven Jay; Krippner, Stanley (eds.). 2000. Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. American Psychological Association.
Chopra, Deepak. 2000. How To Know God. New York: Harmony Books.
Cousins, Ewart. 1988. Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, the Tree of Life, the Life of St. Francis. Paulist.
Currie, R.; Klug, L. F.; McCombs, C. R. 1982. “Intimacy and saliency: Dimensions for ordering religious experiences.” Review of Religious Research 24/1: 19-32.
d'Aquili, Eugene; Newberg, Andrew B. 1993. “Religious and mystical states: A neuropsychological model,” Zygon 28/2: 177-200.
d’Aquili, Eugene; Newberg, Andrew B. 1998. “The Neuropsychological Basis of Religions, or Why God Won’t Go Away,” Zygon 33/2: 190-191.
d’Aquili, Eugene; Newberg, Andrew B. 1999. The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Dawkins, Richard. 2006. The God Delusion. London, UK: Houghton Mifflin.
Deikman, Arthur J. 1963. “Experimental Meditation.” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 136: 329-343.
Deikman, Arthur J. 1966. “De-automatization and the Mystic Experience.” Psychiatry 29: 324-338.
Dennett, Daniel C. 2006. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. New York, NY: Penguin.
Dewhurst, K.; Beard, A. W. 1970. “Sudden religious conversions in temporal lobe epilepsy.” British Journal of Psychiatry 117: 497-507.
Donovan, P. 1979. Interpreting Religious Experience. New York: Seabury Press.
Durkheim, Émile. 1915. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. George Allen & Unwin.
Eliade, Mircea. 1959. The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion, trans. Willard R. Trask. New York: Harcourt & Brace.
Feuerstein, Georg (ed. and trans.). 1989. The Yoga-sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation and Commentary. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International.
Fiddes, Paul S. 1999. Freedom and Limit: A Dialogue between Literature and Christian Doctrine. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.
Finney, John. 1992. Finding Faith Today: How Does It Happen? Stonehill Green: British and Foreign Bible Society.
Fischer, Roland. 1971. “A Cartography of Understanding Mysticism.” Science 174 (Nov. 26): 897-904.
Ford, David F. 1999. Theology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Forman, Robert K. C. (ed.). 1990. The Problem of Pure Consciousness: Mysticism and Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
Forman, Robert K. C. 1999. Mysticism, Mind, Consciousness. State University of New York Press.
Fowler, James. 1981. Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. San Francisco: Harper and Row.
Frazer, James George 1900. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan.
Freud, Sigmund. 1920. Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Authorized English translation from the 2nd German ed. by C.J.M. Hubback, 1922. London: The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.
Freud, Sigmund. 1927. The Future of an Illusion. Translated by W.D. Robson-Scott, 1928. New York: H. Liveright and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.
Freud, Sigmund. 1930. Civilization and Its Discontents. Authorized English translation by Joan Riviere. New York: J. Cape & H. Smith.
Freud, Sigmund. 1939. Moses and Monotheism. Translated by Katherine Jones. London: The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.
Fromm, Erich. 1950. Psychoanalysis and Religion. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Gale, Richard M. 1994a. “Swinburne’s argument from religious experience.” In Alan G. Padgett (ed.), Reason and the Christian Religion (39-63). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gale, Richard M. 1994b. “Why Alston's mystical doxastic practice is subjective.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54/4: 869-883.
Gellman, Jerome I. 1997. Experience of God and the Rationality of Theistic Belief. Ithaca, London: Cornell University Press.
George, L. 1995. Alternative Realities: The Paranormal, the Mystic, and the Transcendent in Human Experience. New York: Facts on File. (REF 133.03 GEO)
Gilkes, Cheryl Townsend. 2000. If It Wasn't for the Women...: Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community. Maryknoll. Orbis Books.
Gilovich, Thomas. 1991. How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life. New York: The Free Press.
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Granqvist, Pehr; Fredrikson, M.; Unge, P.; Hagenfeldt, A.; Valind, S.; Larhammar, D.; et al. 2005. “Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of transcranial weak complex magnetic fields.” Neuroscience Letter 379/1: 1-6
Granqvist, Pehr. 2005. “Reply to ‘A response to Granqvist et al. “Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of transcranial weak magnetic fields”’.” Neuroscience Letter 380/3: 348-350.
Greeley, Andrew. 1987. “Hallucinations among the Widowed.” Sociology and Social Research 71/4 (July): 258-265.
Greeley, Andrew M. 1975. The Sociology of the Paranormal. Sage Publications.
Griffin, David Ray. 1997. Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality: A Postmodern Exploration. Albany: State University of New York.
Griffith-Dickson, Gwen. 2000. Human and Divine: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religious Experience. London: Duckworth.
Hamer, Dean. 2004. The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into Our Genes. New York, NY: Doubleday.
Hanh, Thich Nhat. 1999. Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers. New York: Riverhead Books.
Hansen, Ron. 1991. Mariette in Ecstasy. New York: Harpercollins.
Hardwick, Charley. 1996. Events of Grace: Naturalism, Existentialism, and Theology. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press.
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Häring, Hermann; Metz, Johann Baptist; (eds.). 1995. The Many Faces of the Divine. London: SCM Press; Maryknoll: Orbis Books.
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Harrison, Ted. 1994. Stigmata: A Medieval Mystery in a Modern Age. New York: Penguin Books.
Haynes, Renée. 1982. The Society for Psychical Research: 1892-1982, A History. London: Macdonald & Co.
Hefner, Philip. 1993. The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, and Religion. Fortress Press.
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Holmes, H. Rodney. 1993. “Thinking about Religion and Experiencing the Brain: Eugene d’Aquili’s Biogenetic Structural Theory of Absolute Unitary Being.” Zygon 28/2.
Hood, Ralph W., Jr. 1970. “Religious Orientation and the Report of Religious Experience.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 9: 284-291.
Hood, Ralph W., Jr. 1975. “The Construction and Preliminary Validation of a Measure of Reported Mystical Experience.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 14: 29-41.
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