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By Ms. Catherine L. Albanese

This path-breaking booklet tells the tale of yank metaphysical faith extra totally than it has ever been informed prior to, alongside the way in which considerably revising the landscape of yank spiritual historical past. Catherine Albanese follows metaphysical traditions from Renaissance Europe to England after which the USA, 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 publication follows evolving types of metaphysical faith, together with Freemasonry, early Mormonism, Universalism, and Transcendentalism - and such extra incarnations as Spiritualism, Theosophy, New proposal, Christian technology, and reinvented models of Asian rules and practices. carrying on with into the 20 th century and after, the e-book exhibits  how the metaphysical combine has broadened to surround unidentified flying object job, channeling, and chakras within the  New Age stream, and a much wider new spirituality within the current. In its personal manner, Albanese argues, American metaphysical faith has been as lively, persuasive, and influential because the evangelical culture that's extra usually the point of interest of spiritual students realization. She makes the case that as a result of its combinative nature, its skill to include differing ideals and practices, metaphysical faith bargains key insights into the background of all American religions. Winner of the Bronze IPPY Award within the faith type. Winner of the yankee Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence within the research of faith within the historic reviews category.

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