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 ix

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi

ABBREVIATIONS xiii

INTRODUCTION 3

PART ONE. FORMALISM, ENTHUSIASM, AND TRUE RELIGION, 1740-1820 13

CHAPTER ONE Explaining Enthusiasm 20

CHAPTER TWO Making Experience 47

CHAPTER THREE Shouting Methodists 76

PART TWO: POPULAR PSYCHOLOGY AND POPULAR RELIGION, 1820-1890 119

CHAPTER FOUR Clairvoyants and Visionaries 128

CHAPTER FIVE Embodying Spirits 166

CHAPTER SIX Explaining Trance 207

PART THREE: RELIGION AND THE SUBCONSCIOUS, 1886-1910 251

CHAPTER SEVEN The Psychology of Religion 261

CHAPTER EIGHT Varieties of Protestant Religious Experience 308

CONCLUSION 348

NOTES 363

NAME INDEX 435

SUBJECT INDEX 441

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