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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 5, pp 1599–1601 | Cite as

IF BILLY SUNDAY COMES TO TOWN: DELUSION AS A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE? THE BIOGRAPHY OF ANTON BOISEN FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF FOUNDATIONAL THEOLOGY

By Cor Arends. 265 pp. Zurich, Berlin: LIT VERLAG GmbH & Co., and LIT VERLAG Dr. W. Hopf, 2014. Paperback, ISBN 978-3-643-90479-9
  • Curtis W. Hart
Book Review
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Cor Arends has written an important and, in fact, trailblazing study of the life and work of Anton T. Boisen (1876–1965). The book is part of the Nijmegen Studies in Theology (Netherlands) that seeks to promote an enlarged hermeneutical set of approaches into systematic theology. This perspective is grounded in a European constructivist understanding while remaining open to other cultural points of view. It is a monograph of the sort most typically suited to professional academic theological circles though its biographical and interpretative sections on Boisen remain accessible to the informed reader. It suffers from a few misspellings and incorrect historical details but none that harm the flow of the narrative or its overall purposes. The translation from the Dutch by Marcelle Manley makes the text read smoothly in contemporary English. The extensive Referencessection reveals the depth of the author’s engagement with his subject and is worthy of attention its own. One hopes that in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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