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Varieties of Religious Experience


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Subtitle: A Study in Human Nature
Author: James, William
Binding: Paperback
Cover Price: 4.95
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Publisher: Scribner Paper Fiction
Copyright Year: 1961
Publication Year: 1985
ISBN#: 0-02-085970-8
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Pages: 416
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Genre: Reference
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Series Number: 475
Condition: Used
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Comments

Standing at the crossroads of psychology and religion, this catalyzing work applied the scientific method to a field abounding in abstract theory. William James believed that individual religious experiences, rather than the precepts of organized religions, were the backbone of the world's religious life. His discussions of conversion, repentance, mysticism and saintliness, and his observations on actual, personal religious experiences - all support this thesis. In his introduction, Martin E. Marty discusses how James' pluralistic view of religion led to his remarkable tolerance of extreme forms of religious behavior, his challenging, highly original theories, and his welcome lack of pretension in all of his observations on the individual and the divine.