Julie Exline, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She is a licensed psychologist and a certified spiritual director. Her research centers on religious and spiritual struggles.
The aim of Light and Shadow is to explore the bright and dark sides of religion and spirituality from a psychological perspective. Many people find comfort and guidance through religious and spiritual beliefs, practices, and communities. Yet religion and spirituality raise challenges and controversies as well, ranging from religious clashes and confused beliefs to anger at God. This blog will explore the interplay of light and shadow in religious and spiritual life, with the hope of capturing some of the nuance that surrounds this mysterious and profound domain of human existence.