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By David Aikman

ISBN-10: 1441235841

ISBN-13: 9781441235848

Is there a spot for Christianity in America's future?

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"In this stimulating publication, David Aikman deftly assesses America's non secular historical past and the potential outcomes should still americans shrink back from that historical past. From the founding of the early American colonies to modern traits in media and collage existence, Aikman deals an outstanding creation to quite a number very important matters that experience helped spawn today's tradition wars."--Thomas S. Kidd, affiliate professor of background at Baylor college and writer of Patrick Henry: First between Patriots

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Many Americans styled themselves as progressive thinkers. Their commitment to modern ways of thinking made a retreat to old-fashioned church religion impossible. Yet most were equally unwilling to settle for a purely scientific account of the universe. They needed a new religious outlook that would demonstrate the existence of something beyond physical reality. The period between 1885 and 1910 witnessed the flowering of religious philosophies that met this cultural need. These new religious movements were metaphysical in nature, focusing attention on a more-than-physical reality 46 Spiritual, But Not Religious not yet recognized by science.

The second, Transcendentalism, was an American-born philosophy that spoke to the era’s spiritual malaise by articulating a progressive and highly optimistic metaphysical philosophy. With the possible exception of Theosophy, there has been no greater influence on unchurched American religious life than the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Swedenborg’s influence can be seen in almost every innovative philosophy or movement of the nineteenth century. ”23 The reason for Swedenborg’s influence upon such a divergent group of individuals and causes was simple: his writings articulated a vision that reconciled our scientific and spiritual yearnings.

His insistence on the radical immanence of God had important psychological consequences. It implied that God, as universal spirit, is always and everywhere available to the properly attuned mind. Emerson borrowed from Hindu mysticism the view that the only thing separating us from complete harmony with God’s spiritual presence is a selfimposed, psychological barrier. For this reason Emerson emphasized the need to cultivate spiritually receptive states of mind. He personally found the quiet of nature conducive to such states of mystical reverie.

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