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Minds Intensely Unsettled

Christopher G. White

in Unsettled Minds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780520256798
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942721 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256798.003.0002
Minds Intensely Unsettled

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This chapter examines how a group of religious Americans developed new discourses of spiritual progress built on insights gleaned from new psychologies such as phrenology. Beginning in this period, a broad coalition of religious liberals used these new psychologies to find in external, especially bodily, conditions signs of inner spiritual states.

Keywords: religious Americans; spiritual progress; phrenology; religious liberals

Chapter.  10002 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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