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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

A good, although difficult, read. How does human nature act upon our perceptions of what we consider supernatural? There is validity to our spiritual bent. It comes about through culture and belief. The validity of that belief is independent of scientific verification. Read full review

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User Review  - Lyndatrue - LibraryThing

I wore a copy of this book out, and replaced it in the early nineties with this edition. It is both a worthy reference (still, more than 100 years after it was first written), and a pleasure to read. Read full review

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User Review  - Bidwell-Glaze - LibraryThing

The book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James is the result of the 1901 Gifford Lectures on Natural religion at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. My edition was published in ... Read full review

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User Review  - timbrown5 - LibraryThing

James asks: "Who know whether the faithfulness of individuals here below to their poor over-beliefs may not actually help God in turn be more effectively faithful to his own greater tasks?"James ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rumien - LibraryThing

I've only read particular sections of this extensive study for a paper I was working on, but I learned so much from it, I want to revisit it and read more. James' work is an extensive study looking at ... Read full review

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User Review  - bodhisattva - LibraryThing

William James presented the "Gifford Lectures on Natural Theology" at the University of Edinburgh as 10 lectures each in 1901 and 1902, and later published his edited lecture notes as this book. James ... Read full review

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User Review  - JBreedlove - LibraryThing

A dry and brutally boring read. I know it is supposed to be a classic but 19th century religious psychology is not for me I guess. However, there were a few gems within this tome. I now know where the ... Read full review

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User Review  - LegalMove - LibraryThing

A brilliant exposition by a brilliant mind. Hard to imagine how one set of parents gave birth to two such brilliant men: William and his brother Henry. Read full review

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

This had a profound experience on my faith, both negative and positive. It made clear that the ideas I had previously used to defend my faith were inadequate, but cleared the way for my developing ... Read full review

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User Review  - pickwick817 - LibraryThing

James describes the phenomena of many different kinds of religious experineces in this book. It is a very analytical look at an emotional / spiritual subject. He appears to keep objective throughout ... Read full review


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