American Spiritualities: A Reader

American Spiritualities: A Reader

by Catherine L. Albanese
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253338395

ISBN-13: 9780253338396

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Indiana University Press

This reader explores current 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…  See more details below

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This reader explores current 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.

The anthology includes selections by Catherine L. Albanese, Janet and Robert Aldridge, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Epes Brown, Charles W. Colson, Annie Dillard, Virgilio Elizondo, Tamar Frankiel, Emma Goldman, Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe, B. K. S. Iyengar, Curtis D. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Chen Kung, Jerena Lee, Shirley MacLaine, Aimee Semple McPherson, Thomas Merton, Carry A. Nation, E. Burke Rochford, Jr., Jerry Rubin, Molly Rush, Starhawk, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Trine, Joachim Wach, B. Alan Wallace, Steven Wilhelm, and Dhyani Ywahoo.

About the Author:
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, 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. Albanese is a former president of the American Academy of Religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253338396
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
546
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part 1: Knowing through the Body
Knowing through the Body: The Path of Ritual
1. Ritual Sites in the Narrative of American ReligionTamar Frankiel
2. The Ordinances of Public WorshipCharles E. Hambrick-Stowe
3. Popular Religion as the Core of Cultural Identity Based on the Mexican American Experience in the United StatesVirgilio Elizondo
4. Thought, Speech, Action: Rhythms of Jewish LifeTamar Frankiel
5. Wiwanyag Wachipi: The Sun DanceBlack Elk, edited by Joseph Epes Brown
6. The CovenStarhawk
Part 2: Knowing through the Heart
Knowing through the Heart: The Path of Feeling and Emotion
7. The Second BirthCurtis D. Johnson
8. The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena LeeJarena Lee
9. Girlhood and Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Aimee Semple McPherson
10. An Unforgettable NightCharles W. Colson
11. est Jerry Rubin
12. Surrendering to Krishna: Devi's StoryE. Burke Rochford, Jr.
Part 3: Knowing through the Will
Knowing through the Will: The Path of Prophecy and Social Action
13. The Reformer and The ProphetJoachim Wach
14. Resistance to Civil Government Henry David Thoreau
15. The Divine Call Carry A. Nation
16. (From) Living My LifeEmma Goldman
17. Letter from Birmingham JailMartin Luther King, Jr.
18. TestimoniesJanet and Robert Aldridge, Molly Rush, and Daniel Berrigan
Part 4: Knowing through the Mind
Knowing through the Mind: The Path of Metaphysics
19. The Subtle Energies of Spirit: Explorations in Metaphysical and New Age SpiritualityCatherine L. Albanese
20. Fullness of Life—Bodily Health and VigorRalph Waldo Trine
21. The Gift of Understanding and The Night of the SensesThomas Merton
22. SeeingAnnie Dillard
23. Four Applications of MindfulnessB. Alan Wallace with Steven Wilhelm
24. Renewing the Sacred HoopDhyani Ywahoo
25. The New Age and Rational Thought and A Rainbow of Expression Shirley MacLaine
26. The Tree and Its PartsB. K. S. Iyengar
27. Discourse on Mind-Intent and Ch'i Chen Kung
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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