Journal Article

Radio Mind: Protestant Experimentalists on the Frontiers of Healing

Pamela E. Klassen

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 75, issue 3, pages 651-683
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfm040
Radio Mind: Protestant Experimentalists on the Frontiers of Healing

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In conversation with recent scholarly approaches to the interrelationships of religion, media, and technology, this paper analyzes a neglected form of metaphysical religion within the rubric of Protestant experimentalism. The main sources are a group of early twentieth-century Anglican clerics with shared interests in telepathy, psychic research, psychology, and healing. The paper argues for attention to the “sensational forms” (or paths of transmission) through which these clerics understood divine–human communication to occur. Analyzing divine vibration, telepathy, and psychic energy as Protestant sensational forms has allowed me to set my analysis of experimentalist healing within intersecting historical contexts, including competing theological imaginations, new communication technologies, discourses of scientific authority, and cultural exchange on colonial frontiers.

Journal Article.  11061 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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