Miracle Publics: Theosophy, Christianity, and the Coulomb Affair*

  title={Miracle Publics: Theosophy, Christianity, and the Coulomb Affair*},
  author={J. B. Scott},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={172 - 196}
  • J. B. Scott
  • Published 2009
  • History
  • History of Religions
  • With an eye to recent scholarship that theorizes the contemporary relations of religion, publicity, and secularity, this essay returns to an earlier moment in the unfolding of global modernity: the colonial and occult late nineteenth century. It analyzes documents from the Coulomb Affair of 1884– 85 in order to ask how various participants in that scandal conceived of the public sphere and its purchase upon the truthful, the divine, and the real—a complex of concerns distilled by the… CONTINUE READING
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