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 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Mastery, Modern Doubt, and the Costs of Progress

Christopher McKnight Nichols

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines three important strands of progressive thought in the late nineteenth century to reveal the tensions between ideas about progress, religion, and science, and resulting ... More


Nympholepts in Ancient Greece

Corinne Ondine Pache

in A Moment’s Ornament: The Poetics of Nympholepsy in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195339369
eISBN:
9780199867134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339369.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

Chapter 2 turns to nympholepsy understood as possession and looks at “real-life” nympholepts. It includes a survey of the archaeological evidence from caves and sanctuaries, including inscriptions ... More


Deweyan Pragmatic Religious Naturalism

Sami Pihlström

in Pragmatic Pluralism and the Problem of God

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251582
eISBN:
9780823252763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251582.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter deals with the socially oriented, pragmatically naturalist conception of religious faith John Dewey developed in A Common Faith (1934) and elsewhere, as well as Dewey’s influence on ... More


A Pragmatist's Progress: The Varieties of James's Strategies for Defending Religion

Kitcher Philip

in Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199899555
eISBN:
9780199980154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899555.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter scrutinizes James's evolving attempts to reconcile religion and science. Although James is sometimes modest in aiming to preserve a form of religion independent of claims about ... More


William James and the Wild Beasts of the Philosophical Desert

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225507
eISBN:
9780823235506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225507.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter focuses on William James and his book entitled “The Varieties of Religious Experience.” This book made people view James as unrespectable. His aim was to write, in a nondismissive way, ... More


Transforming Obligation in William James

Roger A. Ward and Roger A. Ward

in Conversion in American Philosophy: Exploring the Practice of Transformation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823223138
eISBN:
9780823284740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823223138.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter describes the connection between the obligation William James finds in the reflective life and the resultant personal transformation that provides access to the meaning of that ... More


Learning from Shortcomings, Moving Forward with New Methods

Daniel Maria Klimek

in Medjugorje and the Supernatural: Science, Mysticism, and Extraordinary Religious Experience

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190679200
eISBN:
9780190879983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190679200.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion

The chapter considers the ideological biases that have formed in academic culture against taking mystical experiences and similar phenomena seriously. An in-depth analysis of Ann Taves’s ... More


Mysticism in the Twentieth Century

Daniel Maria Klimek

in Medjugorje and the Supernatural: Science, Mysticism, and Extraordinary Religious Experience

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190679200
eISBN:
9780190879983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190679200.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion

The chapter considers influential definitions of terms like “mysticism,” “mystical,” or “mystical experiences” as formulated by two of the most prominent scholars of mysticism of the twentieth ... More


. A Life Shaped by Wonder: William James

Robert C. Fuller

in Wonder: From Emotion to Spirituality

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807829950
eISBN:
9781469605593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889909_fuller.9
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores how the experience of wonder gives rise to self-examination and to a mindful awareness of the world. To illustrate this transformative experience, it looks at one individual ... More


Conclusion

Herman Philipse

in God in the Age of Science?: A Critique of Religious Reason

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199697533
eISBN:
9780191738470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697533.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

After a brief overview of the book, its main conclusions are stated. 1. Theism is not a meaningful theory. So we should become particular semantic atheists. 2. If we assume for the sake of argument ... More


Experiencing the Spirit

Simeon Zahl

in The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198827788
eISBN:
9780191866500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827788.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter argues that a constructive recovery of the category of “experience” in Christian theology is best accomplished through the lens of the theology of the Holy Spirit. Thinking about ... More


The Same Act: Many Levels of Experience

Jeffrey A. Summit

in Singing God's Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199844081
eISBN:
9780190497071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844081.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

In Chapter 6, I examine different ways that readers see this act as an encounter with the sacred, considering the multivalent nature of this performance and factors regarding the reader’s stance in ... More


Afterword

Wesley J. Wildman

in In Our Own Image: Anthropomorphism, Apophaticism, and Ultimacy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198815990
eISBN:
9780191853524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815990.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The Afterword offers a personal confessio to underline what the book argues, namely, that rational considerations alone, in isolation from the intensities of personal experience, do not take us as ... More


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