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 realization to the vast variety of liberal cultures that shapes America’s spiritual pursuits. The essays amassed the following push past usual tropes and limits to interrogate spiritual liberalism’s dense cultural leanings by way of taking a look at spirituality within the arts, the politics and piety of non secular cosmopolitanism, and the interplay among liberal faith and liberal secularism. Readers will discover a kaleidoscopic view of some of the revolutionary strands of America’s non secular previous and found in this richly provocative volume.
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The societies were branches of the Walt Whitman Fellowship; the organ was the Conservator (1890–1919). In what follows, I want briefly to explore the spiritual messages of Whitman’s poetry before sketching an institutional history of the precariously organized Whitman Fellowship. Despite its weaknesses, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the Whitman Fellowship offered a significant number of North American cultural radicals and spiritual seekers a means of integrating diverse realms of experience—including poetry, socialism, feminism, and sexuality—with an individualistic, cosmopolitan, and mystical spirituality.
T. E. Hulme, “Romanticism and Classicism,” in Speculations: Essays on Humanism and the Philosophy of Art (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1924), 118. The most important study of literary romanticism and religion is M. H. Abrams, Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature (New York: W. W. Norton, 1971). Hoxie Neale Fairchild, Religious Trends in English Poetry, vol. 3 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1949), remains valuable. : Bucknell University Press, 1996). 8.
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. 25 Bain and others in her Whitmanite circle viewed socialism as a millennial religious movement that would usher in a utopia of comradeship.
American Religious Liberalism by Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey