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Frederic Rowland Young

Timothy Larsen

in Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199287871
eISBN:
9780191713422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Frederic Rowland Young was a Secularist lecturer who worked for G. J. Holyoake and wrote for his newspaper, the Reasoner; he later became a Unitarian minister. With George Sexton, he became a ... More


George Sexton

Timothy Larsen

in Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199287871
eISBN:
9780191713422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

George Sexton was the most academically distinguished popular freethinking lecturer, and specialized in disseminating the latest scientific thought. He converted to Spiritualism and to orthodox ... More


Crisis of Doubt

Timothy Larsen

in Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199287871
eISBN:
9780191713422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Victorian Secularist movement knew that it was experiencing a crisis of doubt. Freethinkers reconverted because they came to believe that Secularism was merely negative, that it offered no basis ... More


Chasing Ghosts: Spiritualism and the Struggle for Public Knowledge

Michael D. Gordin (ed.)

in A Well-Ordered Thing

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691172385
eISBN:
9780691184425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172385.003.0004
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter looks at the controversy surrounding Spiritualism in the 1870s. Considered by many a modernized religion more suited to the day's empirical advances, Spiritualism sparked substantial ... More


Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey

Melissa Daggett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496810083
eISBN:
9781496810120
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496810083.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

The advent of Modern American Spiritualism took place in the 1850s and continued as a viable faith into the 1870s. Because of its diversity and openness to new cultures and religions, New Orleans ... More


Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Emily Suzanne Clark

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628783
eISBN:
9781469628806
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628783.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In the midst of a nineteenth-century boom in spiritual experimentation, the Cercle Harmonique, a remarkable group of African-descended men, practiced Spiritualism in heavily Catholic New Orleans from ... More


Embodying the Extraordinary in Iceland and India: The Difference Spirits Make

Corinne G. Dempsey

in Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth: Adventures in Comparative Religion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199860333
eISBN:
9780199919598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860333.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter juxtaposes Hindu and Christian strategies for conferring extraordinary abilities onto human bodies. The traditions under consideration, Icelandic Spiritualism and Indian Neo-Vedanta, ... More


Ritual Magic from 1850 to the Present

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines ritual magic from 1850 to the present. The modern occult revival of the 19th century was a complex phenomenon with widespread causes. Romanticism stimulated interest in the ... More


Yeats, Philosophy, and the Occult

Matthew Gibson and Neil Mann (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781942954255
eISBN:
9781786944160
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954255.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Yeats, Philosophy, and the Occult is a collection of essays examining the thought of the Irish poet W. B. Yeats and particularly his philosophical reading and explorations of older systems of ... More


Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult

Leigh Wilson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748627691
eISBN:
9780748684441
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

While the engagement of modernist artists with the occult has been approached by critics as the result of a loss of faith in representation, as an attempt to draw on science as the primary discourse ... More


The Examples

Susan Starr Sered

in Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195104677
eISBN:
9780199853267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104677.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Women's religions are, from a cross-cultural perspective, anomalous. Most of the religions of the world are dominated by men. This chapter presents twelve examples of religions dominated by women. ... More


Rituals and Relationships

Susan Starr Sered

in Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195104677
eISBN:
9780199853267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104677.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

There are several women's religions that could essentially be described as constellations of rituals: these religions lack a standardized belief system, formal membership procedures, rules and ... More


No Father in Heaven Androgyny and Polydeism

Susan Starr Sered

in Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195104677
eISBN:
9780199853267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104677.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Notions of the supernatural are what differentiate religious from secular belief systems. Given the importance that religious devotees accord their deities, this chapter looks at the gods and spirits ... More


City of Second Sight: Nineteenth-Century Boston and the Making of American Visual Culture

Justin T. Clark

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469638737
eISBN:
9781469638744
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638737.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In the decades before the U.S. Civil War, the city of Boston evolved from a dilapidated, haphazardly planned, and architecturally stagnant provincial town into a booming and visually impressive ... More


Epilogue

Melissa Daggett

in Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496810083
eISBN:
9781496810120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496810083.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Religion

The epilogue considers the demise and legacy of Modern American Spiritualism in the Crescent City and on a national level. During the 1880s and 1890s, the Creole circles terminated, but Spiritualism ... More


Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Julie Chajes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190909130
eISBN:
9780190909161
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909130.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religion

This study historicises and contextualises the rebirth doctrines of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891), the matriarch of the Theosophical Society and one of the most influential women of the ... More


Spirits and Bodies

Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce

in Why are Women more Religious than Men?

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199608102
eISBN:
9780191744730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608102.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Religious Studies

Women are more likely than men to engage in the type of religious and spiritual activities motivated by a desire to maintain contact with the souls of the dead. This chapter presents a brief history ... More


A Relish for the Non-Normal

Krister Dylan Knapp

in William James: Psychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631240
eISBN:
9781469631264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter one maintains James's interest in Spiritualism emerged during late 1840s and early 1850s in his boyhood in New York City and London, and shows how it likely derived from his father's and ... More


A Human Rat Hole

Krister Dylan Knapp

in William James: Psychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631240
eISBN:
9781469631264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter four examines James's role as an investigator of physical mediums purporting to levitate tables and materialize ghostly forms of the deceased, and recounts the instances when he revealed ... More


Dramatic Possibilities

Krister Dylan Knapp

in William James: Psychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631240
eISBN:
9781469631264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter five traces James's role as an investigator of mental mediums purporting to communicate messages from the dead through automatic writing and trance speech. It examines the numerous mediums he ... More


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