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American Spiritualities free pdf This reader explores contemporary interest in spirituality in the United States. It traces the concept and presence of spirituality in the nation's past and explains 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. Catherine L. Albanese has organized these selections to reflect four approaches to spirituality: knowing through the body, or ritual-based spiritualities- knowing through the heart, or evangelical and emotionally toned spiritualities- knowing through the will, or prophetic and social-action spiritualities- and knowing through the mind, or metaphysically oriented spiritualities. Taken together, these essays make the argument that the spiritual is human-made, essentially religious, and surely not the same at all American times and places.

About Catherine L. Albanese

Catherine L. Albanese is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of the widely used textbook America: Religions and Religion (Wadsworth), now in its third edition (1999) and of numerous other articles and books, including Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age (University of Chicago Press). Albanese is a former president of the American Academy of Religion.

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Author : Catherine L. Albanese
Publisher : Indiana University Press
Data Published : 22 April 2001
ISBN : 0253214327
EAN : 9780253214324
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 546 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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