The Varieties of Religious Experience : A Study in Human Nature

Description

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's pluralistic view of religion led to his remarkable tolerance of extreme forms of religious behaviour, his challenging, highly original theories, and his welcome lack of pretension in all of his observations on the individual and the divine.

Details

Author(s)
William James, Martin E. Marty
Format
Paperback | 576 pages
Dimensions
133 x 196 x 26mm | 390g
Publication date
01 Nov 1983
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
PENGUIN CLASSICS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
Illustrations note
illustrations, bibliography, index
ISBN10
0140390340
ISBN13
9780140390346
Bestsellers rank
72,742