The New Metaphysicals

The New Metaphysicals

Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination

Book - 2010
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American spirituality--with its focus on individual meaning, experience, and exploration--is usually thought to be a product of the postmodern era. But, as The New Metaphysicals makes clear, contemporary American spirituality has historic roots in the nineteenth century and a great deal in common with traditional religious movements. To explore this world, Courtney Bender combines research into the history of the movement with fieldwork in Cambridge, Massachusetts--a key site of alternative religious inquiry from Emerson and William James to today. Through her ethnographic analysis, Bender discovers that a focus on the new, on progress, and on the way spiritual beliefs intersect with science obscures the historical roots of spirituality from its practitioners and those who study it alike--and shape an enduring set of modern religious possibilities in the process.
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780226042800
Branch Call Number: 204.2097444 B458
Characteristics: x, 254

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