The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

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Longmans, Green, 1905 - Conversion - 534 pages
Het beroemde boek van de Amerikaanse wijsgeer (1842-1910) dat de aanstoot heeft gegeven tot het onderzoek naar de godsdienstpsychologie

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Page 128 - Wrong living, impotent aspirations ; " What I would, that do I not ; but what I hate, that do I," as Saint Paul says ; self-loathing, self-despair ; an unintelligible and intolerable burden to which one is mysteriously the heir.
Page 437 - part is conterminous and continuous with a MORE of the same quality, which is operative in the universe outside of him, and which he can keep in working touch with, and in a fashion get on board of and save himself when all his lower being has gone to pieces in the wreck. 1
Page 13 - [They] affect us more than all other compositions. The sentences of the olden time, which ejaculate this piety, are still fresh and fragrant. And the unique impression of Jesus upon mankind, whose name is not so much written as ploughed into the history of this world, is proof of the subtle virtue of this infusion.
Page 124 - young people are diseased with the theological problems of original sin, origin of evil, predestination, and the like. These never presented a practical difficulty to any man—never darkened across any man's road, who did not go out of his way to seek them. These are the soul's mumps, and measles, and
Page 317 - am ashamed of my feeble description. Have I not said the state is utterly beyond words ? " Professor Tyndall, in a letter, recalls Tennyson saying of this condition : " By God Almighty ! there is no delusion in the matter ! It is no nebulous ecstasy, but a state of transcendent wonder, associated with absolute clearness of mind." Memoirs of Alfred Tennyson, ii. 473.
Page 176 - whose acts are regal, graceful, and pleasant as roses, we must thank God that such things can be and are, and not turn sourly on the angel and say : Crump is a better man, with his grunting resistance to all his native devils.
Page 12 - I ought ' ; when love warns him ; when he chooses, warned from on high, the good and great deed ; then, deep melodies wander through his soul from supreme wisdom. Then he can worship, and be enlarged by his worship ; for he can never go behind this sentiment. All the expressions of this sentiment are sacred and permanent in proportion to their
Page 445 - But that which produces effects within another reality must be termed a reality itself, so I feel as if we had no philosophic excuse for calling the unseen or mystical world unreal. God is the natural appellation, for us Christians at least, for the supreme reality, so I will call this higher part of the universe by the name of God. 2
Page 175 - I am bold to say that the work of God in the conversion of one soul, considered together with the source, foundation, and purchase of it, and also the benefit, end, and eternal issue of it, is a more glorious work of God than the creation of the whole material universe.
Page 353 - Mystical states, when well developed, usually are, and have the right to be, absolutely authoritative over the individuals to whom they come. (2) No authority emanates from them which should make it a duty for those who stand outside of them to accept their revelations uncritically.

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