A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of by Catherine L. Albanese

By Catherine L. Albanese

This path-breaking e-book tells the tale of yank metaphysical faith extra absolutely than it has ever been instructed earlier than, alongside the best way considerably revising the landscape of yank non secular heritage. Catherine L. Albanese follows metaphysical traditions from Renaissance Europe to England after which the US, the place they've got flourished from colonial days to the twenty-first century, mixing usually with African, local American, and different cultural elements.The publication follows evolving models of metaphysical faith, together with Freemasonry, early Mormonism, Universalism, and Transcendentalism—and such additional incarnations as Spiritualism, Theosophy, New inspiration, Christian technological know-how, and reinvented types of Asian rules and practices. carrying on with into the 20th century and after, the publication indicates  how the metaphysical combine has broadened to surround unidentified flying object job, channeling, and chakras within the  New Age movement—and a much wider new spirituality within the current. In its personal method, Albanese argues, American metaphysical faith has been as energetic, persuasive, and influential because the evangelical culture that's extra frequently the focal point of non secular students’ consciousness. She makes the case that as a result of its combinative nature—its skill to include differing ideals and practices—metaphysical faith bargains key insights into the heritage of all American religions.

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In the theological cosmology that Boehme constructed, there was literally no beginning—for nothing could not generate something. Instead, a radically transcendental Godhead called the Ungrund, or Abyss, in order to manifest itself brought itself ‘‘into a will,’’ the familiar Father of the Christian Trinity, and its contrary or opposing principle—the desire that was the Son.

44 Boehme’s intricate exposition of the Christian trinity yielded a dialectical and progressive triad that modeled the path of the soul through its own transmutation and illumination. Here, as Ingrid Merkel has noted with special attention to the Aurora, the driving force for Boehme’s work was a sense of ‘‘radical alienation,’’ a preoccupation with the presence of fundamental conflict in the world. In the theological cosmology that Boehme constructed, there was literally no beginning—for nothing could not generate something.

What the texts expounded was a version of the religious synthesis that had come to characterize metaphysical spirituality in the Hermetic tradition—a blend of the Hermetic legacy and its inbuilt quest for illumined knowing, alongside Kabbalism, alchemy, and Paracelsism. 39 The Rose Cross (in German ‘‘Rosencreutz’’) was associated already with the coat of arms of Martin Luther, with its white rose, red heart, and black cross. For the mysterious Rosi- European Legacies 39 crucian order it became the symbol—the cross and rose inscribed together (and note the simultaneous historicized and natural readings that the rose occasions) —of the death and resurrection of Christ.

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