The New Spiritual Freedom

Robert Wuthnow

in After Heaven

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780520213968
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924444 | DOI:
The New Spiritual Freedom

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This chapter discusses the impact the 1960s had on American spirituality. It shows how the activists in the 1960s and their subsequent critics reshaped Americans' understanding of freedom. It explains how this new understanding contributed to the decline of a spirituality of dwelling and to the rise of a spirituality of seeking. It presents examples of people whose views of spirituality were changed by the 1960s and tries to understand the new freedoms given by these changes. It also studies the role of the civil rights movement in developing new ways of thinking about spiritual freedom, and the confrontation with evil. This chapter ends with an outline of the limits of spiritual freedom.

Keywords: spiritual freedom; American spirituality; activists; spirituality of dwelling; spirituality of seeking; civil rights movement; evil

Chapter.  14237 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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