eBook Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Elizabeth M. Dowling
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412936357
  • ISBN-13: 9781412936354
  • DDC: 200.83
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 544 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released December 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006
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The Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development, originally published in print format in 2005, is the first reference work to focus on the developmental process of religion and spirituality across the human life span. Spiritual development is an important part of human development that has links to identity development, moral development, and civic engagement. This innovative encyclopedia offers insight into the characteristics of people and their contexts that interact to influence religious and spiritual development over time.

Editors Elizabeth M. Dowling and W. George Scarlett provide readers with glimpses into the religious and spiritual developmental trajectories of people from all over the world, from many different religious and spiritual backgrounds. Key features include:

  • Short, accessible entries written by leading specialists and theorists from a wide range of disciplines and professions, both within the U.S. and internationally
  • Offers entries that are unrelated to religion and religious experiences in order to examine spirituality in the broadest sense
  • Explores community-based programs that focus on enhancing spiritual development
  • Offers reference lists for each entry that enable readers to gain further information related to the topic

Key themes include:

  • Leading Religious and Spiritual Figures
  • Traditions
  • Texts
  • Places
  • Religious and Spiritual Practices
  • Religious and Spiritual Concepts
  • Religious and Spiritual Theory
  • Supports/Contexts
  • Nature Health Art Organizations

The Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development makes a significant contribution to the research and scholarship looking at the similarities and differences in religiousness and spirituality. It is a welcome addition to any academic library or religious reference collection.



  • Elizabeth M. Dowling