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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 1992

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Psychology and spiritual experience 1721

Bratus B.S.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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».

Keywords: belief, creation, psychology, objectivity, science

Column: Theory and methodology

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