The Varieties of Religious Experience (Paperback)

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By William James, Reinhold Niebuhr (Introduction by)
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Considered one of the great intellectual achievements of the twentieth century, James’s influential book seeks to shift the emphasis in the study of religion and psychology from the dogmas and external forms of religion to the unique mental states associated with it.

This notable and influential study of the psychology of religion asserts that instead of the tenants of organized religion, we should look to the individual religious experiences as the foundations of religious life. As such, James makes his case with the religious accounts of various well-known thinkers throughout history, applying an analytic clarity to their stories and developing a pluralistic framework that defines the divine as a group of, rather than one single, qualities. The Varieties of Religious Experience presents readers with an intellectual, rather than emotional, call for both religious tolerance and respect.

About the Author


William James was the first educator in the United States to offer a psychology course. An American philosopher, historian, and psychologist, James is widely known for The Principles of Psychology (1890) as well as many essays on the science of religion.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743257879
ISBN-10: 0743257871
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: May 1st, 2004
Pages: 416
Language: English