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Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830–1940

Christopher White


This book examines how nineteenth- and twentieth-century American believers rejected older, often evangelical, theological traditions and turned to scientific psychologies to formulate new ideas about mind and spirit and new practices for spiritual growth. The book looks in particular at how a group of liberal believers—including William James and G. Stanley Hall—turned away from traditional Christian orthodoxies and built a revised religious identity based on new psychological motifs and therapies. This is the first book to explain the dramatic rise of new spiritualties of the mind, spiritual ... More

Keywords: mind, spirit, spiritual growth, liberal believers, William James, G. Stanley Hall, psychological motifs, therapies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520256798
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520256798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher White, author