Luke Galen

Reasonable Doubts Podcast · Grand Rapids, Michigan

Luke Galen is currently a professor of psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. He is currently researching the psychology of secularity and nonreligious individuals especially in regards to moral behavior. He also studies the process of religious change from fundamentalism to apostasy. He teaches classes on the psychology of religion, controversial issues in psychology, and human sexuality. He is faculty advisor to the CFI-GVSU group and is a former co-host of the of the Reasonable Doubts podcast and radio show. Some of his publications include: “Does Religious Belief Promote Prosociality?: A Critical Examination” in the journal Psychological Bulletin and “The overlapping mental magisteria: Implications of empirical psychology for religious belief” in the journal Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. He is a co-author of the book “The Nonreligious: Understanding Secular People and Societies”.

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Topics: Cognitive Science, History, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science (General)
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Leaving religion, Meaning of life, Mental illness, Metaphysics, Naturalism, Philosophy of science, Pseudoscience, Psychology of religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Science denial, Sex & sexuality

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