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Resisting History: Religious Transcendence and the Invention of the Unconscious

Rhodri Hayward

Abstract

How can historians make sense of visions, hauntings and demonic possession? Do miraculous events have any place in a world governed by cause and effect? This book examines the cumulative attempts of theologians, historians and psychologists to create a consistent and rational narrative capable of containing the inexplicable. It argues that the psychological theories we routinely use to make sense of supernatural experience were born out of struggles between popular mystics and conservative authorities. Its analysis of the Victorian disciplines of Christology, psychology and psychical research ... More

Keywords: visions, hauntings, demonic possession, miraculous events, cause and effect, inexplicable, psychological theories, supernatural, mystics, Christology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074141
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074141.001.0001

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Rhodri Hayward, author

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