9780520273672

Restless Souls : The Making of American Spirituality, Second Edition with New Preface

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520273672

  • ISBN10:

    0520273672

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/3/2012
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Yoga classes and Zen meditation, New-Age retreats and nature mysticism--all are part of an ongoing religious experimentation that has surprisingly deep roots in American history. Tracing out the country's Transcendentalist and cosmopolitan religious impulses over the last two centuries, Restless Soulsexplores America's abiding romance with spirituality as religion's better half. Now in its second edition, including a new preface, Leigh Eric Schmidt's fascinating book provides a rich account of how this open-road spirituality developed in American culture in the first place as well as a sweeping survey of the liberal religious movements that touted it and ensured its continued vitality.

Author Biography

Leigh Eric Schmidt is Edward C. Mallinckrodt University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of numerous books, including Heaven's Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar; Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman; Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment and Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Introduction Spirituality in the Makingp. 1
Mystic Clubp. 25
Solitudep. 63
The Piety of the Worldp. 101
Meditation for Americansp. 143
Freedom and Self-Surrenderp. 181
Seekersp. 227
Epilogue Be Gentle with Yourselfp. 269
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 323
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