The Varieties Of Religious Experience

The Varieties Of Religious Experience

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by William James
     
 

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Paving the way for all modern spiritual thought, The Varieties of Religious Experience was revolutionary in its view of religious life as centered not within the Church, but solely within the person. James, a vivid, subtle stylist writing for the skeptical, nonspecialist reader, was the first to define spirituality as "the feelings, acts, and experiences of

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Paving the way for all modern spiritual thought, The Varieties of Religious Experience was revolutionary in its view of religious life as centered not within the Church, but solely within the person. James, a vivid, subtle stylist writing for the skeptical, nonspecialist reader, was the first to define spirituality as "the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude." In this edition, scholars Taylor and Carrette bring a new understanding to James's life and his determination, in the cold, scientific face of the Industrial Revolution, to reaffirm the power of individual belief.

One hundred years after its publication James's work remains even more vital than before. Beyond its influence on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, beyond its influence on launching the American pastoral counseling movement, and beyond its role in spawning the psychology of religion, it remains a book that empowers individuals and inspires readers with erudition, insight, and kindness. No discussion of current religion - from the fundamentalist revival to the New Age movement - is complete without an appreciation of this groundbreaking work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781169338258
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

William James (1842-1910), the brother of the novelist Henry James, was the founder of experimental psychology in America, and of the philosophy of pragmatism. The Varieties of Religious Experience is his best-known work.
Eugene Taylor of the Harvard Medical School is an internationally recognised expert on the life and work of William James, and is the author of William James on Consciousness beyond the Margin (Princeton, 1996) and William James on Exceptional Mental States (Scribner's, 1982).
Jeremy Carrette lectures on the psychology of religion at the University of Stirling, and is the author of Foucault and Religion (Routledge, 2000)

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The Varieties of Religious Experience 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most respect psychologists, William James points out so many of religious attitudes and discusses them in rational terms by his use of psychology, philosophy and even pathology at times. He uses essays from everyone ranging from respected people in the same field as he is in (or sometimes in the religious field) to some of his closest friends. This shows how determined he was to consider ever type of religious belief in order to construct a way to explain all of the wild phenomena that goes on to corrupt people's minds and belief. Anyone who holds on to their religion and considers it very dear to them should read this book to see if it their faith can really stand up to the theories of James.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Varieties of Religious Expreience" is not only the classic book that chronicles the historic lectures given by author William James, but also offers insight into one of the the Spiritual paths that Bill Wilson followed in devising the Spiritual aspect of his classic book "Alcoholics Anonymous". It should prove of great interest to followers of both William James AND Bill Wilson, and those itnerested in a deeper, historic look into various religious practices. This Barnes and Noble edition offers a good introduction and a price tag that isn't hard to believe in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unreadable file
Susan Prill More than 1 year ago
Many many misscans. Totally unreadable.
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