The Religious Life

The Insights of William James

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Donald Capps
  • Cambridge, UK: 
    The Lutterworth Press
    , October
     264 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


William James called his classic work, The Varieties of Religious Experience, "a study in human nature". For James, it is a fundamental feature of human nature that we have a conscious and a subconscious mind, and that the subconscious mind is deeply implicated in the religious life, especially in conversion and other experiences of spiritual enlightenment. In The Religious Life, Donald Capps addresses religious melancholy, the divided self and discordant personality, religious conversion, the saintly character, and the prayerful consciousness. He contrasts the cases of two clergymen – one deeply troubled, the other exemplary of the spiritual person. Aimed at general readers, Capps' work makes William James, a popular author in his own day, accessible to a modern audience.


About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Donald Capps (1939–2015) was William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology (Emeritus) and Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of At Home in the World (2013), Still Growing (2014), and The Resourceful Self (2014). He is co-author with Nathan Carlin of The Gift of Sublimation (2015).



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