Lecture Description

Examines the process by which so many Americans–from Transcendentalists to New Agers–came to see “spirituality” as the quintessence of religion. Crucial elements of this transformation include: a reinvention of “mysticism” apart from particular ecclesiastical traditions, a growing sympathy with religious cosmopolitanism, and a redefining of religion as solitary experience. The spiritual-but-not-religious label has now become a commonplace of social surveys and seeker self-description alike.


Religion Social and Cultural

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