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The religious revolution : the birth of modern spirituality, 1848-1898 / Dominic Green.


"The late nineteenth century was an age of grand ideas and great expectations fueled by rapid scientific and technological innovation. In Europe, the ancient authority of church and crown was overthrown for the volatile gambles of democracy and the capitalist market. If it was an age that claimed to liberate women, slaves, and serfs, it also harnessed children to its factories and subjected entire peoples to its empires. Amid this tumult, another sea change was underway: the religious revolution. In The Religious Revolution, Dominic Green charts this shift, taking us on a whirlwind journey through the lives and ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman; of Eliphas Levi and Helena Blavatsky; of Wagner and Nietzsche; of Marx, Darwin, and Gandhi. Challenged by the industrialization, globalization, and political unrest of their times, these figures found themselves connecting with the religious impulse in surprising new ways, inspiring others to move away from the strictures of religion and toward the thrill and intimacy of spirituality. We often link the modern era with a rise in secularism, but in this trenchant new work, Green demonstrates how the foundations of our society were laid as much by spirituality as by science or reason. The Religious Revolution is a narrative tour de force that sweeps across several continents and five of the most turbulent and formative decades in history. Threading together seemingly disparate intellectual trajectories, Green illuminates how philosophers, grifters, artists, scientists, and yogis shared in a global cultural moment, borrowing one another's beliefs and making the world we know today." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780374248833
  • ISBN: 0374248834
  • Physical Description: x, 452 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-423) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: 1848: great expectations -- Part I: the development hypothesis: 1848-1871 -- The new Prometheus: socialis and spiritualists in the age of the machine -- The stones of Venice: Ruskin and Thoreau against the juggernaut -- The French revelation : Baudelaire, Levi, and the romantic occult -- The descent of man: Darwin, Gobineau, and the meaning of life -- The new chronology: Whitman, Huxley, and the war for the soul -- The origin of the world: Wagner, Jesus, and the racial spirit -- Part II: the new age: 1871-1898 00 Passage to India: Madame Blavatsky's empire of theosophy -- The revolt of Zarathustra: Nietzshe in Urania -- the eternal return: Colonel Olcott and the modern Buddha -- The will to power: Afghani's Islamic science and other conspiracies -- Culture and anarchy: The new-age education of Mohandas Gandhi -- The perspectivists: Vivekananda and Herzl among the Aryans -- Epilogue: 1989: the psychopathology of everyday life.
Subject: Religion > History > 19th century.
Religions > History > 19th century.
Spirituality > History > 19th century.
Religion > Histoire > 19e siècle.
Religions > Histoire > 19e siècle.
Spiritualité > Histoire > 19e siècle.
Genre: History.

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