Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality

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University of California Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Now in its second edition, including a new preface, leigh Eric Schmidt's fascinating book provides a rich account of how this open-road spirituality developed in American culture in the first place as well as a sweeping survey of the liberal religious movements that touted it and ensured its continued vitality.

Tracing out the country’s transcendentalist and cosmopolitan religious impulses over the last two centuries, Restless Souls explores America’s abiding romance with spirituality as religion’s better half. Yoga classes and zen meditation, New-Age retreats and nature mysticism—all are part of an ongoing religious experimentation that has surprisingly deep roots in American history.

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Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion

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Routledge #ad - It promises to soothe away the angst of modern living and to offer an antidote to shallow materialism. Selling spirituality is a short, sharp, attack on this fallacy. From feng shui to holistic medicine, from aromatherapy candles to yoga weekends, spirituality is big business. It shows how spirituality has in fact become a powerful commodity in the global marketplace - a cultural addiction that reflects orthodox politics, curbs self-expression and colonizes Eastern beliefs.

Exposing how spirituality has today come to embody the privatization of religion in the modern West, Jeremy Carrette and Richard King reveal the people and brands who profit from this corporate hijack, and explore how spirituality can be reclaimed as a means of resistance to capitalism and its deceptions.

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Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening

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HarperOne #ad - Using evidence from the latest national polls and from her own cutting-edge research, Bass, the visionary author of A People’s History of Christianity, continues the conversation began in books like Brian D. Selling spirituality The Silent Takeover of Religion. Bass’s clearly worded, powerful, and probing Christianity After Religion is required reading for anyone invested in the future of Christianity.

. Diana butler bass, one of contemporary christianity’s leading trend-spotters, exposes how the failings of the church today are giving rise to a new “spiritual but not religious” movement. Mclaren’s a new kind of christianity and harvey cox’s The Future of Faith, practice, examining the connections—and the divisions—between theology, and community that Christians experience today.

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Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture

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Oxford University Press #ad - Today, it is a popular cure-all for Americans' daily problems. Mindfulness is touted by members of congress, and Silicon Valley tech gurus, hospitals, CEOs, and is even being taught in public schools, and the military. Thirty years ago, "mindfulness" was a Buddhist principle mostly obscure to the west. Focusing on such processes as the marketing, and professionalization of meditation, medicalization, Jeff Wilson reveals how Buddhism shed its countercultural image and was assimilated into mainstream American culture.

Selling spirituality The Silent Takeover of Religion. A massive and lucrative industry promotes mindfulness in every aspect of life, mindful sex, mindful parenting, however mundane or unlikely: Americans of various faiths or none at all practice mindful eating, mindful sports, mindfulness in the office, mindfulness-based stress relief and addiction recovery, and hire mindful divorce lawyers.

The rise of mindfulness in america, wilson argues, the new cultures take from Buddhism what they believe will relieve their specific distresses and concerns, is a perfect example of how Buddhism enters new cultures and is domesticated: in each case, and in the process create new forms of Buddhism adapted to their needs.

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A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion

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Yale University Press #ad - Albanese follows metaphysical traditions from Renaissance Europe to England and then America, where they have flourished from colonial days to the twenty-first century, Native American, blending often with African, and other cultural elements. The book follows evolving versions of metaphysical religion, Universalism, including Freemasonry, early Mormonism, New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy, and Transcendentalism—and such further incarnations as Spiritualism, and reinvented versions of Asian ideas and practices.

Continuing into the twentieth century and after, the book shows  how the metaphysical mix has broadened to encompass UFO activity, channeling, and chakras in the  New Age movement—and a much broader new spirituality in the present. Catherine L. This path-breaking book tells the story of American metaphysical religion more fully than it has ever been told before, along the way significantly revising the panorama of American religious history.

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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

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Beacon Press #ad - Beacon Press MA. Official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film. For readers captivated by the story of antonina Zabinski as told in The Zookeeper's Wife and other stories of rescue missions during WWII, Defying the Nazis is an essential read. In 1939, czechoslovakia, the reverend waitstill sharp, and travel to prague, Martha, Massachusetts, accepted a mission from the American Unitarian Association: they were to leave their home and young children in Wellesley, and his wife, a social worker, a young Unitarian minister, to help address the mounting refugee crisis.

. After narrowly avoiding the gestapo themselves, the Sharps returned to Europe in 1940 as representatives of the newly formed Unitarian Service Committee and continued their relief efforts in Vichy France. A fascinating portrait of resistance as told through the story of one courageous couple, Defying the Nazis offers a rare glimpse at high-stakes international relief efforts during WWII and tells the remarkable true story of a couple whose faith and commitment to social justice inspired them to risk their lives to save countless others.

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Sharp was the first to accept the call for volunteers in Europe. Armed with only $40, 000, political dissidents, waitstill and Martha quickly learned the art of spy craft and undertook dangerous rescue and relief missions across war-torn Europe, saving refugees, and Jews on the eve of World War II.

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Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon

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Lofton shows that when oprah liked, celebrity ambition, or believed something, reinforced by practices that fuse consumer behavior, she offered her audience nothing less than spiritual revolution, needed, and religious idiom. Lofton’s unique approach also situates the Oprah enterprise culturally, illuminating how Winfrey reflects and continues historical patterns of American religions.

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Religion in American History

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Wiley-Blackwell #ad - Beacon Press MA. This student-friendly introduction combines both thematic and chronological approaches in exploring the pivotal role religion played in American history - and of its impact across a range of issues, gender, to race, from identity formation and politics, and class. Investigates the role of religion in forming people's identities, social conflict, emotional experiences, politics, and patriotism Selling spirituality The Silent Takeover of Religion.

A comprehensive introduction to american religious history that successfully combines thematic and chronological approaches, and race, the political order, practice, ethnicity, aiding both teaching and learning Brings together a stellar cast of experts to trace the development of theology, gender and class throughout America's history Accessibly structured in to four key eras: Exploration and Encounter 1492-1676; The Atlantic World 1676-1802; American Empire 1803-1898; and Global Reach 1898-present.

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Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History

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The University of North Carolina Press #ad - There is, however, a less told and often ignored part of the story: the ways that intolerance and cultures of hate have manifested themselves within American religious history and culture. In the first ever documentary survey of religious intolerance from the colonial era to the present, volume editors John Corrigan and Lynn S.

Beacon Press MA. Used book in Good Condition. Neal define religious intolerance and explore its history and manifestations, including hate speech, expulsion, incarceration, discrimination, and violence. Organized thematically, the volume combines the editors' discussion with more than 150 striking primary texts and pictures that document intolerance toward a variety of religious traditions.

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Selling spirituality The Silent Takeover of Religion. American narratives often celebrate the nation's rich heritage of religious freedom.

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The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination

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University Of Chicago Press #ad - Selling spirituality The Silent Takeover of Religion. 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. 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.

American spirituality—with its focus on individual meaning, experience, and exploration—is usually thought to be a product of the postmodern era. Used book in Good Condition. 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.

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American Religions: A Documentary History

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Oxford University Press #ad - Ideal for introductory courses in religion in america and American religious history--taught both in religious studies and history departments--American Religions: A Documentary History offers students a broad yet in-depth and engaging gateway into the subject. Enhanced by brief biographies of the authors, and section introductions, a general introduction, the text also includes two sample syllabi--one oriented toward a historical approach and the other toward a thematic approach.

Beacon Press MA. American religions: a documentary History is the only one-volume, up-to-date collection of primary sources available for American religious history courses. The selections are long enough to stimulate serious discussion yet concise enough for students to digest easily. The volume is organized into six sections that cover different chronological periods, spiritual autobiography, interreligious conflict and negotiation, ritual and performance, each of which contains writings on five themes: theological reflections, and more expansive conceptualizations of religion.

American Religions: A Documentary History #ad - One of the most effective ways to help students explore its vitality is through primary sources. It offers readings by a uniquely wide range of religiously, women and men, northerners and southerners, and ethnically diverse writers: theological conservatives and liberals, socially, and African Americans and Mexican Americans alongside Anglo-Americans.

Balancing canonical works with those by newly discovered voices, American Religions: A Documentary History includes seventy-five classic and contemporary selections from the colonial period through the present day. Used book in Good Condition.

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