Finding a Place for Emotions

Article by Gregory S. Clapper

Pastoral counselors’ bookshelves are filled with works that promise to translate Christianity into mental health terminology. Approaching theology and emotion from a psychological viewpoint, these writers focus on particular problems of the emotional life (e.g., inappropriate guilt, uncontrollable anger) and perceive Christianity to be the solution to such distress. They depict Christianity as only consoling, …

Human Immortality

Book by William James

(ENTIRE BOOK) Immortality is not incompatible with the brain-function theory of our present mundane consciousness. It is compatible in fully individualized form. Every memory and affection of one’s present life is to be preserved.

Lecture 1: Religion and Neurology  in  The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

Book Chapter by William James

In those for whom religion is an acute fever one often finds symptoms of nervous instability, psychical visitations, exalted emotional sensibility, often fallen into trances, heard voices, seen visions and other ordinarily behavior patterns classed as pathological. These peculiarities often have given them their religious authority and influence.

Lecture 10: Conversion — Concluded  in  The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

Book Chapter by William James

Is the whole phenomenon of regeneration, even in these startling instantaneous examples, possibly a strictly natural process? It is divine in its fruits, of course, but is it in one case more and in another less so? And is it neither more nor less divine in its mere causation and mechanism than any other process, high or low, of man’s interior life?

Preface  in  Human Immortality

Book Chapter by William James

James answers his critics who claim his thoughts are a pantheistic idea of immortality, not the Christian idea (survival in strictly personal form). He answers that one may conceive the mental world behind the veil in as individualistic a form as one pleases, without any detriment to the general scheme by which the brain is represented as a transmissive organ.