Professor Emeritus of Psychology


Art and Religion

Religion, especially Christianity, and psychology; personality theory; moral development; psychology and art.

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Ph.D. 1962 (motivation, experimental psychology), Stanford University
B.A. 1957 (psychology), University of Michigan

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Selected Publications

Vitz, P.C. (1999). Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism Dallas, TX: Spence.

Vitz, P.C. (1998). A preferential option for the family?: Political and religious responses. The Family in America, 12 (6), 1-8.

Vitz, P.C., & Mango, P. (1997). Kleinen psychodynamics and religious aspects of hatred as a defense mechanism. Psychology and Theology, 25, 64-71.

Vitz, P.C., & Mango, P. (1997). Kernbergian psychodynamics and religious aspects of the forgiveness process. Psychology and Theology, 25, 72-80.

Vitz, P.C. (1997). A Christian theory of personality. In R. Roberts and M. Talbot (Eds.), Limning the psyche: Explorations in Christian psychology (pp. 20-40). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Vitz, P.C. (1994). Psychology as religion: The cult of self-worship. Second edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Vitz, P.C. (1990). The use of stories in moral development: new psychological reasons for an old education method. American Psychologist, 45, 709-720.

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Paul C. Vitz
Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Department of Psychology
New York University
6 Washington Place, Room 550
New York, NY 10003
fax (212)-995-4018

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