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Secularism in Antebellum America$
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John Lardas Modern

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226533230

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.001.0001

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Toward a Genealogy of Spirituality

Toward a Genealogy of Spirituality

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(p.119) Chapter 2 Toward a Genealogy of Spirituality
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Secularism in Antebellum America
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.003.0003

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

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