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Truths and Reconciliations

Truths and Reconciliations

(p.217) 8 Truths and Reconciliations
The Story of Radio Mind
Pamela E. Klassen
University of Chicago Press

Beginning with accolades written in honor of Frederick Du Vernet after his death in 1924, this chapter brings the story to a close, showing that while most church officials ignored his proclamations of radio mind, local and national newspapers focused on celebrating his role as a public intellectual who was a student of psychology. Examining the two posthumously-published collections of his writings, Spiritual Radio and Out of a Scribe’s Treasure: Brief Essays in Practical Religious Thinking, the chapter places his work in a broader context of Christian and metaphysical thinking. Considering the roles of his wife, Stella, and his daughter, Alice, in the story of radio mind, the chapter also dwells on the significance of embodiment, especially in terms of gender and race, for the Christian, metaphysical, and Indigenous spiritualities that shaped him. The chapter then offers a reflection on contemporary efforts to enact truth and reconciliation between Indigenous nations and Canada after a long history of church and state attempts to convert and dispossess Indigenous peoples. The chapter concludes that even today’s stories of the mind in the digital age must be situated in human bodies and communities that live and depend on the land.

Keywords:   Spiritual Radio, race, Christian spirituality, metaphysical thinking, Indigenous spirituality, conversion, church and state, digital age, embodiment, gender

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