New World Metaphysics: Readings on the Religious Meaning of the American Experience Giles B Gunn

ISBN: 9781280762147

Published: January 14th 2008

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464 pages


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New World Metaphysics: Readings on the Religious Meaning of the American Experience  by  Giles B Gunn

New World Metaphysics: Readings on the Religious Meaning of the American Experience by Giles B Gunn
January 14th 2008 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 464 pages | ISBN: 9781280762147 | 6.41 Mb

One interesting aspect of the intellectual and cultural history of America is that much of the most significant reflection inspired by America itself has been framed in religious rather than social, political, or philosophical terms. Paradoxically,MoreOne interesting aspect of the intellectual and cultural history of America is that much of the most significant reflection inspired by America itself has been framed in religious rather than social, political, or philosophical terms. Paradoxically, this reflection has to a considerable extent been the work of secular, or at least theologically unorthodox, thinkers.

Why have so many of the ideas provoked by and concerned with America found natural expression in religious modes? Why have so many discerning spiritual interpreters of America been identified as cultural rather than religious figures? Is there something characteristic of the collective experience of American culture that explains the inclination of representativethinkers and writers to see the meaning of America itself as inviting religious interpretation, or at least as problematic in a religious sense?

Is it possible to differentiate between the culture of American religions and the religion of American culture? This anthology cannot furnish any simple answers to these and similar questions. Nor does it assume that such questions have simple answers. But it does attempt to provide for the firsttime a representative collection of many of the primary source materials in which such questions are raised.



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