chapter  24
Exceptional human experience
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This religious experience, recounted by a clergyman and included in William James’s classic The Varieties of Religious Experience (James, 1902, p 66), profoundly affected the man’s life. Like many others who have experiences of this kind, he described it as ineffable – or impossible to put into words – ‘I feel that in writing of it I have overlaid it with words rather than put it clearly’.