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A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion Paperback – 13 May 2008
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'Anyone with an interest in American belief systems and contemporary trends will be well rewarded by reading Albanese's book.' --David Nartonis, Christian Science Monitor
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. Catherine Albanese follows metaphysical traditions from Renaissance Europe to England and then America, where they have flourished from colonial days to the twenty-first century, blending often with African, Native American, and other cultural elements.The book follows evolving versions of metaphysical religion, including Freemasonry, early Mormonism, Universalism, and Transcendentalism - and such further incarnations as Spiritualism, Theosophy, New Thought, Christian Science, 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. In its own way, Albanese argues, American metaphysical religion has been as vigorous, persuasive, and influential as the evangelical tradition that is more often the focus of religious scholars' attention.She makes the case that because of its combinative nature, its ability to incorporate differing beliefs and practices, metaphysical religion offers key insights into the history of all American religions. See all Product description
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
4 January 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
This is an important history of American metaphysical religion; however, this book is somewhat overwhelming it its scope: being a synthesis of metaphysical religion in from the 1400s through the 20th century. When relevant, Albanese traces the roots of metaphysical thought all the way back to its ancient origins. It is overwhelming not only in scope of time covered, but in the variety of faith movements that are given attention. At times Albanese argues for a specifically Americanized version of metaphysical beliefs rooted in other cultures. Without a conversant knowledge of the foreign manifestations, it can be difficult for the reader to judge how exactly the American version differs, but Albanese always clearly defines what the American version is. This is a very ambition and admirable book, and a transformative work for the field of American religious history.
6 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
A dense, incredibly well-researched, fascinating piece of work. It's not my field of research, sometimes goes a bit over my head--but I'd rather have the depth and ability to return as I learn more. From what I can tell (I'm in American literature), likely a revolutionary work in religious history.
Not for everyone!
31 July 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
20 people found this helpful.
As another reviewer has noted, this is a dense tour of the field. If you're a casual reader of religious matters, you'll find this tough going--it's definitely an academic work, with 80 pages of footnotes. I think the author, who is highly regarded in her field, has done about as good a job as can be done in one book. The material is so voluminous that the book at times reads like a series of encyclopedia entries. She carefully shows the roots of the American "new age" in the Hermetic tradition, the origin of which is itself lost in mist and controversy. If there's a theme, it's that the American appropriation of the metaphysical tradition reflects American optimism and American "combinativeness," the tendency to take whatever works and use it, regardless of its source. A minor criticism would be that she over-emphasizes the idea of combinativeness. In my view, all philosophies and religions that spill out of one culture or language inevitably do this. If Christianity isn't "combinative," I don't know what the word means. To conclude: if you consider yourself an intellectual and are interested in the topic, you have to read this book, or at least dip into it to see what Albanese says on a topic.
10 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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She reveals the potent and constant influence in American history of a set of beliefs like America itself gathered from the four corners of the ...
22 May 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Professor Albanese's masterpiece is a paradigm shift in the study of American history and history of religions . Future scholars will elaborate on the extensive outline she provides. She reveals the potent and constant influence in American history of a set of beliefs like America itself gathered from the four corners of the Earth. The spiritism and hermetic magical doctrines of Europe, the Sufism of Islam, the yoga and holy scriptures of India, many varieties of Buddhism, Chinese philosophy, African and Native American folk traditions, all were blended together to create American metaphysics. With the prejudices of monotheism most scholars of the last half of the Twentieth Century refused to examine this history on the grounds that it was unworthy of serious attention. But for as long as there has been Christianity in America there has also been an equally vital metaphysical melting pot of practices and beliefs that Albanese dubs American Metaphysical Religion, and these apparently opposed traditions have strongly influenced each other. Albanese looks back to Ficino, Agrippa, Paracelsus, Giodorno Bruno, Blavatsky and other key personalities as she surveys sources of these beliefs. Some purists may complain about the absence of their favorite seminal figures, for example Aleister Crowley receives only a footnote and no reference can be found to Edgar Cayce, one of America's most famous psychics, or Manly P. Hall, an early and influential west coast teacher of esoteric philosophy whose books were displayed in bookstore windows in Haight Ashbury during the Summer of Love Nevertheless with so much ignored history to present, Professor Albanese deserves praise for the comprehensiveness of her study. Other scholars elaborate the byways she was unable to map, see for example K. Paul Johnson's Edgar Cayce in Context . She allows the facts to speak for themselves and so her work transcends history becoming an illuminating chronicle of enlightening moments. Her book is a must for anyone interested in American history, history of religion, or metaphysics.