Fits, Trances, and Visions: Experiencing Religion and Explaining Experience from Wesley to James

Fits, Trances, and Visions: Experiencing Religion and Explaining Experience from Wesley to James

by Ann Taves
     
 

"The breadth of the book is truly remarkable, both across time and across perspectives. To move coherently from debates over the phenomena of the colonial Great Awakening to debates over both modern psychology of religion and early Pentecostalism, while at the same time moving back and forth between adepts and explainers of religious experiences is a real

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"The breadth of the book is truly remarkable, both across time and across perspectives. To move coherently from debates over the phenomena of the colonial Great Awakening to debates over both modern psychology of religion and early Pentecostalism, while at the same time moving back and forth between adepts and explainers of religious experiences is a real accomplishment."—Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College

"Taves offers both a history of American Protestant piety and a history of American psychology (in popular as much as academic modes). She creatively balances narratives of dramatic religious experience with varied naturalistic explanations that have been advanced since the Enlightenment. This is a grand enterprise—one of impressive breadth and seasoned scholarship."—Leigh Schmidt, Princeton University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691010243
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/25/1999
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction3
Pt. 1Formalism, Enthusiasm, and True Religion, 1740-182013
Ch. 1Explaining Enthusiasm20
Ch. 2Making Experience47
Ch. 3Shouting Methodists76
Pt. 2Popular Psychology and Popular Religion, 1820-1890119
Ch. 4Clairvoyants and Visionaries128
Ch. 5Embodying Spirits166
Ch. 6Explaining Trance207
Pt. 3Religion and the Subconscious, 1886-1910251
Ch. 7The Psychology of Religion261
Ch. 8Varieties of Protestant Religious Experience308
Conclusion348
Notes363
Name Index435
Subject Index441

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