Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience: James's Classic Study in Light of Resiliency, Temperament, and Trauma

Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience: James's Classic Study in Light of Resiliency, Temperament, and Trauma

by Lynn Bridgers
     
 

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William James was fascinated by the conversion experience, or the lack thereof when really someone should have seen the light. Bridgers (pastoral ministries and religious education, St. Thomas U., Miami) uses the tools of modern psychology and the behavioral sciences to find how his notions in Varieties of Religious Experience have fared, in a manner that extends

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William James was fascinated by the conversion experience, or the lack thereof when really someone should have seen the light. Bridgers (pastoral ministries and religious education, St. Thomas U., Miami) uses the tools of modern psychology and the behavioral sciences to find how his notions in Varieties of Religious Experience have fared, in a manner that extends James's study rather than supplants it. In doing so, Bridgers reveals that James and his ideas seem to have withstood the test of time in that he followed with pluralism, today's conversion typology, our attitude about prophecy, the role of monks and mystics, and the personal nature of our relationship with out God. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

John Snarey
In Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience, Lynn Bridgers's agile mind wields the conceptual tools of psychology, theology, and history to make original connections and draw gifted insights, while avoiding easy reductionism. Contemporary Varieties is a clear standout in the area of recent scholarship on William James and religion.
Mary Elizabeth Moore
Lynn Bridgers's expose on conversion is exquisite - a thoroughly researched and beautifully written contribution to the psychology of religious experience and practical theology. In these pages, readers will discover the rich textures of diverse religious forms - especially the prophetic, monastic, and mystical. Her book will surely be as influential as it is impressive.
Rodney J. Hunter
Anyone who loves William James' s Varieties of Religious Experience will be grateful to Lynn Bridgers for this well researched, well argued book affirming James's basic theses and continuing relevance. Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience marshals a wealth of current research data, makes an important contribution to the psychology of religion, and is an altogether fascinating and informative read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742544314
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Bridgers is assistant professor of pastoral ministries and religious education at St. Thomas University in Miami.

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