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<i>Toward a Genealogy</i> of Spirituality

in Secularism in Antebellum America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226533230
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226533254 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.003.0003
Toward a Genealogy of Spirituality

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This chapter chronicles the emergence of spirituality as a marker of liberal Protestant piety in the U.S. It describes the shift the ontological status of spirituality from one signifying a quality of God to a practice of human immunization. This chapter analyzes the theological abstractions of William Ellery Channing and Boston Unitarianism and discusses the conceptual life of spirituality within a burgeoning spiritualist subculture.

Keywords: spirituality; Protestant piety; U.S.; ontological status; quality of God; human immunization; theological abstractions; William Ellery Channing; Boston Unitarianism; spiritualist subculture

Chapter.  27519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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