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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