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The Varieties of Religious Experience / Edition 1
     

The Varieties of Religious Experience / Edition 1

by William James, Robert H. Abzug
 

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ISBN-10: 0312488300

ISBN-13: 9780312488307

Pub. Date: 09/19/2012

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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:
9780312488307
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
09/19/2012
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,054,609
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

PART ONE. Introduction: William James and the Reality of the Unseen

     Historical and Biographical Perspective

     William James between the Worlds of Religion and Science

     Religious and Other Abnormal Experiences

     The Gifford Lectures

     Beyond Edinburgh

PART TWO. The Document: The Varieties of Religious Experience

     Lecture I: Religion and Neurology

     Lecture II: Circumscription of the Topic

     Lecture III: The Reality of the Unseen

     Lectures IV and V: The Religion of Healthy Mindedness

     Lectures VI and VII: The Sick Soul

     Lecture VIII: The Divided Self, and the Process of its Unification

     Lecture IX: Conversion

     Lecture X: Conversion – Concluded

     Lectures XI, XII, and XIII: Saintliness

     Lectures XIV and XV: The Value of Saintliness

     Lectures XVI and XVII: Mysticism

     Lecture XVIII: Philosophy

     Lecture XIX: Other Characteristics

     Lecture XX: Conclusions

APPENDIXES

     A William James Chronology (1842-1910)

     Questions for Consideration

     Selected Bibliography

Index

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