The varieties of religious experience : a study in human nature / by William James ; edited with an introduction by Martin E. Marty.
- James, William 1842-1910 [author]
- New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books 1982
- 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 behaviour, his challenging, highly original theories, and his welcome lack of pretension in all of his observations one the individual and the divine.
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