Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience: James's Classic Study in Light of Resiliency, Temperament, and Trauma

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1 jan. 2005 - 229 pagina's
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First published in 1902, William James's Varieties of Religious Experience is considered a classic in religious studies and the psychology of religion. But how has James's classic study weathered decades of development in psychology and behavioral sciences? Do the assertions about religious experience in the Varieties still ring true in light of neuro-cognitive and neuro-hormonal research, resiliency studies, studies of temperament, and traumatic studies? By extending William James's own research throughout the century since its publication this volume seeks to answer those questions. In doing so, it revolutionizes our understanding of James's own view of psychology and reveals the extraordinary value of James's perspective for religion, psychology, and spirituality today. In doing so, it offers vital insights for pastoral care and faith development at both the individual and congregational level. From the Introduction by James Fowler: Drawing on the authenticity of her own experience, Bridgers carries us into a remarkably clear and well documented account that traces William James's evolution as a psychologist, philosopher, and a deeply engaged inquirer into the dynamics of spiritual development and transformation... This book has a major contribution to make. Bridgers's study illumines the horizons of contemporary research in the study of religious experience, in all its varieties, and in the context of globalization.
  

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Introduction
1
Beginning Where We End
3
The Importance of The Varieties of Religious Experience
6
Examining Jamess Method
8
William James a Century Later
15
Evolution of a Pluralist
21
From Principles to Varieties
22
Mysticism and Monism
28
Monks
101
Describing the Monk
102
James Phenomenological MethodLectures VI VII and VIII
106
Phenomenological Evidence1902 to 2002
107
Conclusion
127
Mystics
133
Describing the Mystic
134
Jamess Phenomenological MethodLectures X and XI
140

The All and the Each
30
Characterizing Religious Experience
31
Benefits of Jamess Perspective
36
Jamess Conversion Typology
43
The Religion of HealthyMindedness
47
The Sick Soul
48
Rediscovering Jamess Perspectives
52
Kagans Temperament Studies and Jamess Typology
54
Prophets
67
Describing the Prophet
68
Jamess Phenomenological MethodLectures IV and V
70
Phenomenological Evidence1902 to 2002
71
Conclusion
93
Phenomenological Evidence1902 to 2002
142
Conclusion
169
Between Me and My God
179
Consolidating Christian IdentityProphetic Beginnings
181
The Sick SoulAugustine of Hippo and the Monastic Tradition
185
Redefining Christian IdentityThe Spontaneity of the Spiritual Innovator
190
Implications for Contemporary Religious Communities
199
Conclusion
201
Bibliography
209
Index
221
About the Author
229
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Over de auteur (2005)

Lynn Bridgers is assistant professor of pastoral ministries and religious education at St. Thomas University in Miami.

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