The purpose of this essay is to unpack the relevance of William James for the project of a
transreligious theology. While the resources of reason and spiritual experience have long been employed to
arbitrate both within and between different spiritual traditions, I argue that James offers a third principle:
the encouragement of the morally active life, along with a corresponding depiction of the universe in which
our efforts may contribute to the nature of things.
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