Varieties of Religious Experience
A Study in Human Nature
By (author) William James
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Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
Book DescriptionJames' masterful treatise on the psychology of individual religious experience was originally composed for the prestigious Gifford Lectures delivered at Edinburgh University in 1901-1902. Emphasising subjective religious experience in its many guises, as opposed to the distinctions among specific creeds or theologies, this trenchant exploration of the religious imagination is still unsurpassed as an overview of the human belief in a transcendent reality, whether personalised as God or viewed impersonally as some higher spiritual reality. As such James' study is relevant to any religious context, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, 'New Age', or any other. James concludes that religious experience is real insofar as it produces real effects on peoples' lives and characters, and therefore it can and should be the subject of serious scientific inquiry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573929813
(230mm x 150mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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