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The Place of Identity Dissonance and Emotional Motivations in Bio-Cultural Models of Religious Experience: A Report from the 19th Century

Powell, Adam J

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Durham University’s ‘Hearing the Voice’ project involves a multi-disciplinary exploration of hallucinatorytype phenomena in an attempt to revaluate and reframe discussions of these experiences. As part of this project, contemporaneous religious experiences (supernatural voices and visions) in the United States from the first half of the nineteenth century have been analysed, shedding light on the value and applicability of contemporary bio-cultural models of religious experience for such historical cases. In particular, this essay outlines four historical cases, seeking to utilise and to refine four theoretical models, including anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann’s ‘absorption hypothesis’, by returning to something like William James’ concern with ‘discordant personalities’. Ultimately, the paper argues that emphasis on the role of identity dissonance must not be omitted from the analytical tools applied to these nineteenth-century examples, and perhaps should be retained for any study of religious experience generally

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Powell, A. J. (2017). The Place of Identity Dissonance and Emotional Motivations in Bio-Cultural Models of Religious Experience: A Report from the 19th Century. Journal for the study of religious experience, 3(1), 91-105

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 12, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 12, 2017
Journal Journal for the study of religious experience.
Publisher Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC), University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 91-105
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1376943
Publisher URL http://rerc-journal.tsd.ac.uk/index.php/religiousexp/article/view/33/46

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