Psychology and spiritual experience



Responding on the text of the metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, de-voted to a parity of psychology and spiritual experience, the author reflects on this parity and interference in two aspects. First, he speaks about belief as generally psychological phenomenon, the fundamental fact of functioning of human mentality. Secondly, underlines basic distinction of scientific and theological level of knowledge, and also necessity to rank these levels. The methodological principle of an exception inherent in a science transcendental creates notorious restrictions, nonabsolut objectivity of a science. The science for the scientist, according to the author, only an approach way to something bigger, than itself forces of the nature, laws of development of the people and people if use the formula of metropolitan Antoniy, «the science is knowledge of the Creator by knowledge of Its creation».

General Information

Keywords: belief, creation, psychology, objectivity, science

Journal rubric: Psychology of Faith, Christian Psychology and Psychotherapy

For citation: Bratus B.S. Psychology and spiritual experience. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2009. Vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 19–49. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

Information About the Authors

Boris S. Bratus, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Head of the Department of General Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University. M. V. Lomonosova, Scientific Head of the Faculty of Psychology of the Orthodox Institute of St. John the Theologian of The Russian Orthodox University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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