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New Metaphysicals Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination

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ISBN-10: 0226042804

ISBN-13: 9780226042800

Edition: 2010

Authors: Courtney Bender

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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.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Long Shadows
Shamans in the Meetinghouse: Locating Contemporary Spirituality
Becoming Mystics
Tuning the Body
Karmic Laundry: Imagining and Embodying Spiritual History
"Zooming Around": Mystical Lands and Cosmopolitanisms
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index