Alternative Altars: Unconventional and Eastern Spirituality in America (Chicago history of American religion)

By Robert S. Ellwood

Unconvential and japanese spirituality in the USA, a glance at religions from Theosophy to Zen and again back. with dw, sl marking to dw, 1979

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Yet in 1830, whereas accumulating info on Utopian group lifestyles, he visited the Shaker condo in Mount Lebanon, manhattan. looking ahead to a gaggle of lovers, he used to be a lot inspired by means of "the air certainly, after per week, he referred to as them a of candor and openness" society of infidels, the top praise, he says, of which he radical papers cate ' ' — was once then able. wrought within the And identify towards prior evils of faith simply endeared the Shakers to him his rationalistic antipathy extra, for that they had suffered enormously less than and observed in themselves the swap.

Tales of the existence . . . of mom Ann Lee, in Marguerite Fellows Melcher, The Shaker event (Princeton: Princeton collage Press, 1941), passim. eight. mentioned in Frederick William Evans, Autobiography of a Shaker reprint ed. manhattan: AMS (New York: American information corporation, 1888; 268-69Hester M. Poole, "Shakers and Shakerism," in Evans, Autobiog- Press, 1973), pp. nine. raphy of a Shaker, p. 268. 10. J. M. Peebles, "Cycles," in Evans, Autobiography of a Shaker, p. a hundred and fifteen. eleven. 12. Melcher, The Shaker experience, p.

Melcher, The Shaker event, p. 217. See additionally Edward Dem- Andrews and religion Andrews, end result of the Shaker Tree of lifestyles (Stockbridge, Mass. : The Berkshire tourist Press, 1975), specially pp. 220-21. Evans, Autobiography of a Shaker, p. forty three. thirteen. 14. Evans, Autobiography of a Shaker, pp. 18-20. Carl Carmer, hear for a Lonesome Drum, pp. 145-46. Whit15. ney R. go, the blistered Over District: The Social and highbrow heritage of Enthusiastic faith in Western manhattan (New York: Harper and ing Row), 1965.

First, it could be famous that, inasmuch as "the occult" basically joins Hegel, Wagner, Nietzsche, and the anti-Semitic pressure in nor- mative Christianity in receiving the blame for Hitlerism, one ought ultimately to turn out faulting now not capable perpetrator as a wide pan so a lot one small and simply identifi- of the highbrow origin of the sleek international. moment, even though the Theosophical doctrines of Madame Blavat- and her fans are frequently pointed out during this connection, we should always word that at any time when in smooth heritage Theosophists have had a discernible function and impact, as within the cultural renaissances and independence activities of eire and India, it's been at the aspect of freedom and democracy and that leaders of the Theosky — sophical Society, like many different occultists, disappeared into con- Epilogue one hundred seventy centration disciples, 3rd, allow could have easily camps in Germany got here to energy.

Yet simply because the coming of God in Jesus Christ used to be no longer performed in just the best way the Jews anticipated, so was once the Judgment now not precisely what traditional Christians count on and Jesus Christ; it truly is to Jesus that — — nonetheless fruitlessly watch for, even as Jews nonetheless look forward to the Messiah. in its place, the Judgment happened entirely within the non secular realm, and cleared away definite evil forces to permit the second one Coming within the kind of a robust new non secular inflow. Evolution within the fabric international can't come via ordinary reasons, yet can merely be the results of a brand new non secular association and gear enter, for the reason that through the legislation of corres- Chapter four 88 pondences all lower than displays its invisible non secular motives.

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