Religious Experiences


WJ.  [Answers to J. B. Pratt's questionnaire on religion]. Printed sheet with autograph annotations; [n.p., 1904 ]. b MS Am 1092.9 (4474)

James claimed that he could not call himself a Christian, nor enter into a personal relationship with God; he tried to but could not pray. Still, James saw his role as a mediator between scientific agnosticism, which he found oppressive and enervating, and religious faith. He shared with many of his contemporaries a passionate desire to believe that something in the universe transcended the material world.