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by Leigh Eric Schmidt

Free eBook Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality download ISBN: 0520273672
Author: Leigh Eric Schmidt
Publisher: University of California Press; Second Edition, With a New Preface edition (September 5, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 360
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Americas
Size MP3: 1996 mb
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Rating: 4.6
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Schmidt's readable and fascinating study examines the development of spirituality in American culture .

While many, including journalists, believe American mixing and matching of religious faiths began in the countercultural sixties, Schmidt traces it from Puritan times and portrays it as an aspect of Americans' pioneering spirit.

Leigh Eric Schmidt is Edward C. Mallinckrodt University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality

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highways and eccentric byways, Restless Souls profiles a rich spirituality that is distinctively American.

book by Leigh Eric Schmidt. By tracing our unique spiritual heritage along its many colorful highways and eccentric byways, Restless Souls profiles a rich spirituality that is distinctively American.

Restless Souls: The Makin. has been added to your Cart. I would certainly enjoy that. What's excellent about the book is that it demonstrates that American metaphysical or liberal spirituality is not ONLY Robert Bellah's "Sheilah-ism," . self-indulgent, narcissistic, etc. It is a genuine spiritual quest and, as such, provides a real alternative for contemporary culture that seems divided between right wing religious lunacy and (truly) self-indulgent materialism. 5 people found this helpful.

Schmidt contends that Shelia and her ilk represent a humane spirituality deeply rooted in American culture, one that leads . Citation: Matt Hedstrom.

Schmidt contends that Shelia and her ilk represent a humane spirituality deeply rooted in American culture, one that leads outward toward positive social engagement as well as inward toward greater self-understanding and happiness. Schmidt's personal and forceful counter to the anti-spirituality jeremiads of Bellah, Brooks, and Marty marks the most clearly drawn battle lines in this strongly argued but rarely polemical book.

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Arith
This is a scholarly history of what Harold Bloom, called "the American Religion," that is, the tradition of individual spiritual seeking which has a major source in Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, James--you know, the usual suspects. It's a useful counter-balance to the line from major thinkers like Robert Bellah (whom I admire enormously) that Americans under-value tradition, community, self-control, and discipline. As Schmidt points out, things are more complicated than that. There's a passion in this book, and Schmidt has his own point of view that comes through strongly without becoming overbearing (in my view). If you have a scholarly bent and are interested in spirituality, religion, or politics, you'll find this book stimulating even if you don't agree with it.
Kerry
There is some very interesting literature on this subject out there and this one reads like a textbook. I had to read it for a class (Spiritual But Not Religious at UVA) and the only bad thing about the class is this book.