Religious Experience and the New Woman: The Life of Lily Dougall

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Indiana University Press, Jan 10, 2007 - Religion - 336 pages
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In Religious Experience and the New Woman, Joanna Dean traces the development of liberal spirituality in the early 20th century through the life and work of Lily Dougall (1858--1923), a New Woman novelist who became known as a religious essayist and Anglican modernist. Dean examines the connections between Dougall's marginal position as a woman intellectual and her experiential, combatively iconoclastic theology, and demonstrates that through her writing and mentoring, Dougall contributed to the shaping of modern spirituality.

Lily Dougall described religious experience -- the sense of the presence of God -- as the "rock" of her theology. Dean observes the protean nature of this rock as Dougall moved from a submissive holiness faith, to a mystical Mauricean sense of the Kingdom of God, to the relational theology of personal idealism, and reveals how psychology, which appeared to provide scientific support for her religious beliefs, eventually threatened to undermine her experiential faith.

 

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Contents

1 An Evangelical Childhood
17
An Untold Story
34
3 Gendering the Crisis of Faith
47
II A THEOLOGY OF RELATIONSHIPS
63
4 She Was Always a Queer Child
65
5 Personal Idealism
87
The Kingdom of God within Us and around Us
102
III ANGLICAN AUTHORITY
119
9 Body and Soul
151
10 Anglican Modernism
165
Conclusion
182
Psychology and Religious Experience
187
Notes
203
Bibliography
279
Index
311
Back cover
325

7 The Making of a Modernist Mysticism
121
8 Fellowship
135

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Joanna Dean is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and teaches women's and gender history. She is co-author of Guide to Women's Archives/Guides des Archives sur les Femmes.

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