American Spiritualities A Reader

ISBN-10: 0253214327

ISBN-13: 9780253214324

Edition: 2001

Authors: Catherine L. Albanese, Catherine L. Albanese

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Spirituality has been called the depth dimension of life or the values at one's core centre. It has been linked to artistic creativity and to feelings of transcendence and/or connection with others. Spirituality has been associated with a quiet mind and a sense of harmony and, alternately, with high rising energy and being in the "zone." It has been called the vehicle for meeting the sacred and is recognised by some as the personal element in religion. American Spiritualities is a reader designed to explore current interest in spirituality in the United States. It aims to trace the concept and presence of spirituality in the nation's past and to explain the strong attraction to spiritual themes in the present, with attention to questions of definition, historical usage, and connection to religion. Twenty-seven selections pursue the difference and diversity among Americans in terms of their spiritual styles, here understood as modes of experiential knowledge. These styles reflect a typology gleaned from American religious history and from a modified faculty psychology; knowing through the body, or ritual-based spiritualities; knowing through the will, or prophetic and social-action spiritualities; and knowing through the mind, or metaphysically oriented spiritualities. Taken together, the reader's introductory tour adds up to an argument that the spiritual is human-made, essentially religious, and surely not the same at all American times and places.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 546
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Knowing through the Body: The Path of Ritual
Ritual Sites in the Narrative of American Religion
The Ordinances of Public Worship
Popular Religion as the Core of Cultural Identity Based on the Mexican American Experience in the United States
Thought, Speech, Action: Rhythms of Jewish Life
Wiwanyag Wachipi: The Sun Dance
The Coven
Knowing through the Heart: The Path of Feeling and Emotion
The Second Birth
The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee
Girlhood and Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
An Unforgettable Night
Surrendering to Krishna: Devi's Story
Knowing through the Will: The Path of Prophecy and Social Action
The Reformer and the Prophet
Civil Disobedience
The Divine Call
(From) Living My Life
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Knowing through the Mind: The Path of Metaphysics
The Subtle Energies of Spirit: Explorations in Metaphysical and New Age Spirituality
Fullness of Life - Bodily Health and Vigor
The Gift of Understanding and the Night of the Senses
Four Applications of Mindfulness
Renewing the Sacred Hoop
The New Age and Rational Thought and A Rainbow of Expression
The Tree and Its Parts
Discourse on Mind-Intent and Ch'i
Suggestions for Further Reading
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