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By Ms. Catherine L. Albanese

This path-breaking ebook tells the tale of yank metaphysical faith extra totally than it has ever been informed sooner than, alongside the best way considerably revising the landscape of yankee spiritual heritage. Catherine Albanese follows metaphysical traditions from Renaissance Europe to England after which the United States, the place they've got flourished from colonial days to the twenty-first century, mixing frequently with African, local American, and different cultural components. The e-book follows evolving models of metaphysical faith, together with Freemasonry, early Mormonism, Universalism, and Transcendentalism - and such extra incarnations as Spiritualism, Theosophy, New notion, Christian technological know-how, and reinvented types of Asian rules and practices. carrying on with into the 20th century and after, the ebook exhibits  how the metaphysical combine has broadened to surround alien ship job, channeling, and chakras within the  New Age move, and a 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 focal point of non secular students realization. She makes the case that due to its combinative nature, its skill to include differing ideals and practices, metaphysical faith deals key insights into the heritage of all American religions. Winner of the Bronze IPPY Award within the faith class. Winner of the yankee Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence within the learn of faith within the historic stories category.

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