I'm interested in learning more on the psychology of religion. Can anybody recommend any books on the subject, and why you recommend them?
edit: Upon second thought, I'm more interested in the psychology of virtue/morals.
I would definitely consider reading Julian Jaynes' 'The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind' in this context as well.
some quotations here https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Orthodoxy_(book). Quotations from the chapter I, "Introduction in Defense of Everything Else", might be exactly what you are looking for.
If you want to understand the psychology behind religion I recommend Wittgenstein's "Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough"; Eliade's "Myths, Dreams, and Mysteries" and "The Sacred & Profane"; Feuerbach's "The Essence of Religion"; Gertz's "The Religion of Java" and "The Interpretation of Cultures"; and no anthology of introduction to religion would be complete without Ricouer's "Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences".
An amazing excerpt from Eliade details the Tjilpa people orientating their small tribe around this sacred gum tree, until one day the tree breaks, the Tjilpa people then "wandered around aimlessly for a time, and finally [laid] down on the ground together and waited for death to overtake them".
Possibly the classic about this subject ("'Varieties of Religious Experience' now stands as such a masterly investigation of the psychology of individual theologies, that his other works tend to be rather pushed to one side. ").
This is a study of the psychology of original religious experiences, not religious institutions. Religious geniuses have often shown nervous instability, such as George Fox or St Theresa. Medical materialism, sexual origins refuted. Perhaps the neurotic temperament is best to receive religious inspiration.
There is an abridged version in the Squashed Philosophers:
I particularly like this sentence:
our morality appears as a plaster hiding a sore it can never cure, and all our well-doing as the hollowest substitute for that well-being that our lives ought to be grounded in, but, alas! are not.
I have been interested in why humans believe in religion ever since watching this discussion. This course is absolutely amazing and it even features content from individuals outside of religious studies, including Jordan Peterson and Jonathan Haidt. Each video contains lectures or interviews from experts on each respective subject in the course. Talking about the building block theory of religion? The course features the lady who invented it. Talking about data science in religion? The course features the researcher in charge of the largest religious database in the world. I think this course is a model for how online courses ought to be. And yes, it absolutely gets into the psychology involved.
 https://www.edx.org/course/science-religion-ubcx-religionx-0 (youtube lectures: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNBQqqt7UnTQ8CuCbfwV4gA )
P.S. this is an excerpt from my blog which is why it is written in a slightly different tone than I typically would use on HN.
There is also a great interview with the author on Netflix now. It’s from the 1980s, but it’s several hours of great content as well.
Also in the vein of 'not quite psychology of religion, but related', The Hero's Journey, by Joseph Campbell.
"The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins: http://a.co/d/2aP5Tvo
"Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment" by Robert Wright: http://a.co/d/8IawuEo
Sam Harris discusses these topics (amongst others you may find interesting) in conversations on his podcast: https://samharris.org/podcast/
Also, his Rhetoric.
Jordan Peterson, The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories:
Jordan Peterson, 2017 Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (University of Toronto):
I haven't gotten around to watching them yet (4.5 hours total) but they're supposed to be pretty interesting. The topic of the debate, as I understand it, is roughly whether religion or religious beliefs have any utility from an evolutionary/fitness perspective and/or to what degree could/should we try to objectively evaluate religious/ethical beliefs. Peterson is a clinical psychologist so he's coming to the debate from that angle.