The Spiritual Journals of Warren Felt Evans

The Spiritual Journals of Warren Felt Evans

From Methodism to Mind Cure
Warren Felt Evans, edited by Catherine L. Albanese
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Format: Hardback 5 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02243-1
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Warren Felt Evans (1817–1889) converted to Methodism while at Dartmouth College, became a minister, and spent his Methodist years as a spiritual seeker. His two extant journals, edited and annotated by Catherine L. Albanese, appear in print for the first time and reveal the inner journey of a leading American spiritual pilgrim at a critical period in his religious search. A voracious reader, he recorded accounts of intense religious experience in his journals. He moved from the Oberlin perfectionism he embraced early on, through the French quietism of Madame J. Guyon and Archbishop Fénelon, then into Swedenborgianism, spiritualism, and mind cure with distinct theosophical overtones. His carefully documented journey is suggestive of the similar journeys of the religious seekers who made their way into the burgeoning metaphysical movement at the end of the 19th century—and may shed light too on today's spirituality.

Author Bio

Catherine L. Albanese is J. F. Rowny Professor Emerita and Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is former president of the American Academy of Religion. Her most recent book is the award-winning Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion. In 2014, she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


“Overall, this journal signifies an important reference for those of us who research in the field of New Thought. Collecting the ruminations of Warren Felt Evans on theology for reference is a valuable contribution to scholarship.”
 — Nova Religio

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Warren Felt Evans
A Note to Readers
Journal I (1850-1857)
Journal II (1857-1865)

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