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Divine madness: the dilemma of religious scruples in twentieth-century America and Britain

Bourke, Joanna (2009) Divine madness: the dilemma of religious scruples in twentieth-century America and Britain. Journal of Social History 42 (3), pp. 581-603. ISSN 0022-4529.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jsh.0.0152

Abstract

Religious scruples were a major problem within Roman Catholic circles until the late twentieth century. This article traces the shift from the cure of scruples being seen as the responsibility of religious advisers to them being labled an obsessional-compulsive disorder. Whether penitent or patient, the clash between revelationary truths and scientific ones had a profound impact on sufferers of scrupulosity. There was, however, no clean shift between the Age of Religiosity to the Age of Neurosis: rather, there was an interaction between the two professions, with spiritual advisers proving themselves to be willing to relinquish their grip on the soul while psychiatrists paid their respect to the power of faith.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 10:04
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2766

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