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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482738295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482738292
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very happy with article by William James.
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What I like best: it's basically a set of case studies of how human beings have experienced religion without promoting a particular belief.
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I like the intensity of Jame's writting .
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2013
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I read the original from my local library and wanted to have my own copy. This version however does not hold a candle as it is without all the footnotes and examples that makes the original so rich.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisianne on November 5, 2012
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I'm 56 now and first read this book when I was 20 and have read it many times since. I have used it for college papers and sermon-writing. What I like best: it's basically a set of case studies of how human beings have experienced religion without promoting a particular belief. It was written in the early 20th century but every bit as relevant today as it was then.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimmie Divine on October 6, 2013
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You need to read Billy Jim ! Anyone can understand this book. It's not religion, or a theology. It's a roadmap for finding your own truth , and perhaps finding your own God in the offing, all through human experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MsColleen on April 21, 2014
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I've read James' Varieties of Religious Experience several times, and consistently find it interesting.

I've been interested in comparative religious studies for decades, but especially after a crisis of faith required me to start asking "what do I believe" and "why do I believe it." I would have been well-served to discover this book during that period; James would have given me insights into my journey.

One of the many insights James discusses is the difference between the "once-born" and the "twice-born." The once-born are those who have a healthy mind while the twice-born have a morbid mind. The once-born come to faith with a lightness of spirit while the twice-born come to faith with a heart filled with guilt over sin. One leads to a liberal tradition, the other to a conservative tradition.

The book is a joy to read, with a comfortable style and countless examples to highlight points that James is making. I encourage anyone who is interested in comparative religious studies to read Varieties of Religious Experience. It will be time well spent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Safra on February 11, 2013
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This is an intelligent survey of what happens when mankind invented religion as a part of it's social order. It allows you to make up your own mind of how beneficial "religion" actually is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J on January 11, 2014
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This treatise on things spiritual is no less than magnificent. It presents as an argument against religion, but proposes a more valid, intangible, effect of spiritual conversion. As one who has experienced this kind of metamorphosis, I am quite happy to read my personal story right here! A+++++++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith on November 3, 2013
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This is a wonderful classic in its field which I have always wanted to read. Synching with audible has enabled me to get through it and I was not disappointed. Whilst the narrator's tone is rather monotonous I was able to imagine through his voice that I was listening to William James himself delivering his famous Gifford lectures
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on January 21, 2013
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This is a book that takes some time and thought to read. It is a series of lectures. I am getting a lot from it.
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