Taking an historical perspective, the author identifies the current American obsession with spirituality as a third "Great Awakening," identifying a shadow culture of seekers who bear much in common with three centuries of American spirituality.
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Although critics would have New Age spirituality deemed trendy and fleeting, author and religious scholar Eugene Taylor offers a convincing testament to the historical worthiness and longevity of the alternative spirituality movement. Taylor, who is a lecturer in psychology at Harvard Medical School, explains that the New Age movement is a historically rooted movement that blends psychology and spirit. In fact, he calls it the "Third Great Awakening" in American religious life--an awakening that always springs from a "shadow culture" (most recently, the counterculture rebellion of the '60s). What makes this a fascinating read is its extensive and smoothly presented research. Taylor documents the "First Great Awakening," which dates back to the puritans and mystics of the 1600s and 1700s. Stretching forward in time, he presents the "Second Great Awakening," with profiles of leaders such as Emerson and Thoreau. This fascinating discussion elevates the New Age movement to an evolutionary necessity, which will no doubt raise the ire or gratitude of American readers. --Gail HudsonAbout the Author:
Eugene Taylor has an M.A. in psychology and Asian studies and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of psychology. Currently he is a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, senior psychologist on the psychiatry service at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an executive faculty member at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Institute in San Francisco.
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Descripción Counterpoint Press, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111887178805
Descripción Counterpoint Press, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB1887178805