A new piece in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences will interest AHP readers: “The miracle of Maglavit (1935) and the Romanian psychology of religion,” by Matei Iagher. Abstract:
This paper examines the debates around the “miracle of Maglavit”, a shepherd’s vision of God that took place in 1935 in Romania and attracted much contemporary popular and intellectual interest. The debates drew in arguments from doctors and theologians, who discussed the psychology of divine revelation and tried to elaborate the implications that such an event could have for the life of the Romanian nation. The paper places these debates in the context of wider contemporary discussions about psychology and religion. I argue that what Maglavit shows is that, in Romania at least, public debates about visionary experience in the 1930s were not only debates about its psychology, but of a psychology thoroughly imbricated with political concerns.