By Joanna Dean
In spiritual adventure and the recent lady, Joanna Dean lines the improvement of liberal spirituality within the early twentieth century during the lifestyles and paintings of Lily Dougall (1858--1923), a brand new girl novelist who grew to become referred to as a spiritual essayist and Anglican modernist. Dean examines the connections among Dougall's marginal place as a lady highbrow and her experiential, combatively iconoclastic theology, and demonstrates that via her writing and mentoring, Dougall contributed to the shaping of contemporary spirituality.Lily Dougall defined non secular event -- the experience of the presence of God -- because the "rock" of her theology. Dean observes the protean nature of this rock as Dougall moved from a submissive holiness religion, to a magical Mauricean feel of the dominion of God, to the relational theology of private idealism, and divulges how psychology, which seemed to supply medical help for her non secular ideals, finally threatened to undermine her experiential religion.
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Smith has in mind; . . qxd 10/18/06 12:15 PM Page 33 AN EVANGELICAL CHILDHOOD 33 Smith’s message has had an ambiguous legacy. ” She struggled with the contradictions, as we shall see in the next chapter, and finally broke free of both holiness and her family. ” 86 As John’s numerous feminine advisors had realized, in the acquiescence to God’s power lay the potential for an assertion of one’s own sense of spiritual self. Janet Dougall was a “truly consecrated soul” in Lily’s eyes. She was also remarkably independent.
Lily considered Janet to have had almost perfect faith. A. A. 1867), he became her confidante during difficult teenage years when she did not dare share her religious doubts with her mother. 53 John was active in the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the French Canadian Missionary Society, and the Congregational Church. 54 At her death in 1904 she was eulogized for her good works, and a row of WCTU workers sat together in her funeral as a tribute. The historical literature assumes that this reform activity led to a diminished spirituality, but this does not seem to be true of the second generation of the Dougall family.
We cannot now be said to have any. Mrs. ” 19 John Dougall seems at times to have been almost oblivious to his family’s difficulties in his secure belief that the Lord would care for his own. As the crisis deepened, his faith in God came into conflict with business imperatives. He wrote to Lily’s mother, Elizabeth: “I trust the Lord will smile upon us and our offering—he did so on Abel but allowed him to be slain. qxd 10/18/06 12:15 PM Page 23 AN EVANGELICAL CHILDHOOD 23 leave business in the hands of the Lord and became more openly critical of his father’s methods.
Religious Experience And the New Woman: The Life of Lily Dougall by Joanna Dean