By Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey
Religious liberalism in the United States has usually been equated with an ecumenical Protestant institution. against this, American spiritual Liberalism attracts consciousness to the large variety of liberal cultures that shapes America’s non secular events. The essays accumulated the following push past typical tropes and limits to interrogate spiritual liberalism’s dense cultural leanings through taking a look at spirituality within the arts, the politics and piety of spiritual cosmopolitanism, and the interplay among liberal faith and liberal secularism. Readers will discover a kaleidoscopic view of a few of the revolutionary strands of America’s non secular previous and found in this richly provocative volume.
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Whitman Fellowship assembles, though far away, I shall be there in heart and soul, and share with you in all the delights of the joyous occasion. ”23 Debs’s brief greeting reveals the close connections of spirituality, socialism, and Walt Whitman among early twentieth-century radicals. Not everyone within the Fellowship was happy with the organ ization’s embrace of socialist politics. ”24 However, despite Harned’s complaints, Traubel never turned the Whitman Fellowship’s meetings into purely politi R e a di ng Poetry R eligiously 25 cal gatherings.
17. Traubel to Wallace, February 12, 1894, Whitman Collection, Bolton. 18. Traubel to Wallace, January 28, 1894, and March 1, 1894, Whitman Collection, Bolton. 19. The sociological literature on new religious movements is vast; for recent overviews 36 M ich a el Robertson see Lorne L. Dawson, Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements, 2nd ed. : Oxford University Press, 2006); and Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, ed. James R. Lewis (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Verily one must be born again—born into the life of conscious unity with the race—before Whitman can make himself felt, or his words be understood,” she begins her book. Later, she makes the parallels between Whitman and Jesus even more explicit. ”37 Irwin’s rhetor ic here resembles that of R. M. Bucke, who viewed Whitman as a religious messiah. However, her use of religious rhetor ic was largely strategic. Her primary interest was in what she called “woman’s sex-emancipation,” and she used a religiously inflected language in the service of her radical feminist agenda.
American Religious Liberalism by Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey