Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Wulff explores the psychology of religion

Psychology of Religion: Classic and Contemporary (2nd edition; Wiley, 1997), which has been translated into Swedish, Polish, Farsi and Chinese. His current projects include the editing of a handbook on the psychology of religion for Oxford University Press and the development of what he calls the “Faith Q-Sort,” a device for assessing a wide variety of positions on faith, ranging from indifference or even hostility toward religion or spirituality to strongly favorable attitudes, both conservative and liberal. In addition to being an accomplished professor and author, he has been a sought-after speaker at conferences. Last year alone he traveled abroad three times to address conferences in China, Italy and Denmark. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Lund University in Sweden in 1993, and has been honored in various ways by the American Psychological Association. In May he plans to retire from Wheaton to devote more time to his projects, including consulting with two universities in China to help set up psychology and religion programs there. We talked to him about his most recent research.

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Faith prototypes

Traditionally Theistic: feels personally forgiven and protected by a spiritual being as well as guided and sustained by religious scriptures and prayer.

Secular-Humanistic:  guided by scientific and rational principles as well as a core of values in striving to make the world a better place to live.

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Publications, honors and creative works


Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, professor of religion, was a contributing writer to the book The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2011). His student research assistant, Seth Robinson ’11, aided Brumberg-Kraus in the writing process.

Michael Gousie, professor of mathematics and computer science, presented “Focus + Context for Visualizing Uncertainty in DEMs” on Oct. 24, 2011, at the IEEE Information Visualization Conference in Providence, R.I.

Nancy Kendrick, professor of philosophy, presented “Wollstonecraft on Friendship, Utility and Pleasure” on Oct. 27, 2011, at the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Hamilton, Ontario.

John Kricher, professor of biology, presented “Neotropical Bird Speciation” to the Essex County Ornithological Club on Nov. 2, 2011, at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. In his presentation, he spoke of bird speciation patterns and species generation causation, with a focus on Ecuador.

Yuen-Gen Liang, assistant professor of history, along with the executive committee of the Spain-North Africa Project (SNAP), organized a one-day conference titled “Spanning the Straits: Unity/Disunity in the Western Mediterranean” at Catholic University of America, on Nov. 30, 2011. As executive director of SNAP, he gave the opening address and moderated a roundtable discussion.

M. Gabriela Torres, assistant professor of anthropology, received the New England Council of Latin American Studies 2011 Best Article Prize on Nov. 5, 2011, for “Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence,” an article she co-authored with David Carey Jr. The article, which was published in the Latin American Research Review, was recognized by the committee as “an important contribution to Latin American gender history and our current understandings of post-war violence against Guatemalan women.”

Joanne Mouradjian, assistant professor of music in performance, performed “Groung” (The Crane) at “Salute Armenia,” a celebration at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 10, 2011.