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A Republic of Mind and Spirit: a Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion

In this groundbreaking book, Albanese, the religion department chair at UC-Santa Barbara, focuses on metaphysical religions, from Transcendentalism and New Thought to Theosophy, Christian Science and the New Age movement. She traces the advent of these religions from their European heritage (the Rosicrucian Enlightenment, Pietism and mysticism) and Native American legacies (shamanism, dream interpretation) to 19th-century forms such as Universalism, Mormonism and Freemasonry. This is a first-rate and much-needed religious history of American metaphysical tradition.