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By Ms. Catherine L. Albanese

ISBN-10: 0300136153

ISBN-13: 9780300136159

This path-breaking booklet tells the tale of yank metaphysical faith extra totally than it has ever been advised ahead of, alongside the way in which considerably revising the landscape of yank non secular background. Catherine Albanese follows metaphysical traditions from Renaissance Europe to England after which the United States, the place they've got flourished from colonial days to the twenty-first century, mixing frequently with African, local American, and different cultural parts. The ebook follows evolving types of metaphysical faith, together with Freemasonry, early Mormonism, Universalism, and Transcendentalism - and such additional incarnations as Spiritualism, Theosophy, New inspiration, Christian technology, and reinvented models of Asian principles and practices. carrying on with into the 20 th century and after, the booklet indicates  how the metaphysical combine has broadened to surround alien ship task, channeling, and chakras within the  New Age flow, and a wider new spirituality within the current. In its personal manner, Albanese argues, American metaphysical faith has been as energetic, persuasive, and influential because the evangelical culture that's extra usually the focal point of non secular students cognizance. She makes the case that due to its combinative nature, its skill to include differing ideals and practices, metaphysical faith deals key insights into the historical past of all American religions. Winner of the Bronze IPPY Award within the faith class. Winner of the yank Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence within the learn of faith within the historic reports category.

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