chapter  2
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Variations in the Experience of Resilience Edmund W. Gordon and Lauren Dohee Song

It might be argued that the scientific study of religious experiences began with William James' descriptive taxonomy, published in 1902 under the title Varieties of Religious Experiences. James' study of the various manifestations of religious beliefs and practices provided the basis for a more systematic investigation of the phenomena of religious experiences. Due to the diversity of their expressions, and the lack of a classification system, these experiences had previ0usly resisted scientific study. In this chapter, we attempt to apply to the construct of resilience a similar descriptive analysis, one that will hopefully lead to a reconceptualization of the construct and a suggested taxonomy.