The 100 best nonfiction books: No 53 – The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (1902)


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This revolutionary work written by Henry James’s less famous brother brought a democratising impulse to the realm of religious belief

Source: The 100 best nonfiction books: No 53 – The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (1902) | Books | The Guardian

Comment – The American William James often came up in a history of psychology course I took back in the day. The professor said James belonged to a well-established family so leading intellectuals and dignitaries would regularly visit the James’ family home. This stimulating environment probably helped to stir the creative juices in the two famous James kids, William and (author) Henry.

While reading William’s The Varieties of Religious Experience I was most struck by the similarity between what he called the Mind Cure movement and The New Age.

These days both are lumped under what’s now called “Wellness.” But the interesting thing is the same old ideas continue on, perhaps with a few more colors and fabrics available in yoga mats and cycling outfits.

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