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Integral PluralismBeyond Culture Wars$
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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125718

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.001.0001

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Postsecular Faith

Postsecular Faith

Toward a Religion of Service

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(p.67) 4 Postsecular Faith
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Integral Pluralism
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Fred Dallmayr

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.003.0004

William James presented his Gifford Lectures on The Varieties of Religious Experience in Edinburgh in 1901–1902. As concrete states of mind, made up of a feeling plus a specific sort of object, religious emotions are psychic entities distinguishable from other concrete emotions—although there is no ground to assume a uniform sense of religious emotion. To the extent it persisted, religious belief—rather than finding the sacred in the world—now construed it as a transcendent principle, relegating God to the role of a distant “designer” or architect of the world.

Keywords:   Edinburgh, psychic, emotions, distant designer, architect

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