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By Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey

Religious liberalism in the US has usually been equated with an ecumenical Protestant institution. in contrast, American spiritual Liberalism attracts consciousness to the huge range of liberal cultures that shapes America’s non secular hobbies. The essays collected right here push past regular tropes and limits to interrogate non secular liberalism’s dense cultural leanings by means of 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 number of the revolutionary strands of America’s spiritual prior and found in this richly provocative volume.

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In her ecstatic peroration, Bain wrote, Socialism is something infinitely bigger and better than a scientific philosophy. It is destined to roll away the stone from the tomb in which humanity is imprisoned. It will literally resurrect the spirit of man. ” It will make this present existence seem like the hideous nightmare of some monstrous disordered brain. In fact, we can have no idea how wonderful we’ll discover ourselves to be. Nothing less than cosmic creatures, relating ourselves to the whole in beauty and usefulness and joy.

He also began printing the above passage from “Myself and Mine” at the top of the Fellowship’s stationery—a clear announcement that the Fellowship prized individual freedom over institutional strength. In years to come, he would rewrite the Fellowship’s early history and claim that he had never intended it to be anything more than a loosely affiliated network of Whitman admirers. Within a few years of its founding, the Fellowship’s multiple Ameri­ can branches fell away, and the or­ga­n i­za­tion’s sole activity reverted to annual Whitman birthday dinners in New York and Chicago.

3 Jesus’ niceness serves a productive function: it creates Paul’s complexity as a messianic thinker within a Jewish tradition. As an iconic figure of niceness, Jesus still sacrifices for the sake of others: in this case, for the sake of Paul’s theological depth. 39 40 Ca r r i e Tir a do Br a m en I want to situate the banality of the nice Jesus and its historical origins in the nineteenth century in the context of the rise of liberal Christianity. The story of the change from an understanding of God as a wrathful, authoritarian Calvinist God—full of fire and brimstone—to a perception of the gentle benevolence of a liberal Christian God is a familiar one.

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