American Feminism and the Birth of New Age Spirituality: by Catherine Tumber

By Catherine Tumber

Opposite to well known inspiration, New Age spirituality didn't all at once seem in American lifestyles within the Nineteen Seventies and '80s. In American Feminism and the start of latest Age Spirituality, Catherine Tumber demonstrates that the hot Age circulate first flourished greater than a century in the past in the course of the Gilded Age lower than the mantle of 'New Thought.'

Based principally on examine in well known journals, self-help manuals, newspaper money owed, and archival collections, American Feminism and the start of recent Age Spirituality explores the contours of the hot idea flow. in the course of the lives of recognized figures corresponding to Mary Baker Eddy, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and Edward Bellamy in addition to via extra imprecise, yet extra consultant 'New Thoughters' comparable to Abby Morton Diaz, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Ursula Gestefeld, Lilian Whiting, Sarah Farmer, and Elizabeth Towne, Tumber examines the historic stipulations that gave upward push to New notion. She will pay shut awareness to the ways that feminism turned grafted, with various levels of luck, to emergent types of liberal tradition within the overdue 19th century―progressive politics, the Social Gospel, humanist psychotherapy, bohemian tradition, and mass marketplace journalism.

American Feminism and the start of latest Age Spirituality questions the price of the hot age movement―then and now―to the pursuit of women's rights and democratic renewal.

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26 As the worldly social dualism of Victo­ rian propriety came under increasing assault, those under study here replaced it by projecting onto the universe the radical cosmic dualism that is the the­ ological hallmark of gnosticism. Facing a stark, unmediated social existence in a world overtaken by crass materialism, gnostics enjoined their fellows to overcome the "error in thought," as Mrs. " An alien god of pure spirit better helped them to endure the open-ended, undifferentiated world of gathering modernity than did the cre­ ator God of Judea-Christian tradition.

Pitting "democracy" against the reticent ideal that some activities and feelings were trivialized or made vulgar if exposed to pub­ lic view could have a dizzying, even paralyzing effect-especially at a time when democratic practices were under such persistent assault by the barons of corporate industry. It- 31 Not only journalists, but medical doctors (who regularly treated women in their childbearing years) began practicing their trade in ways that routinely vi­ olated the line of decency-a line which defined the moral and aesthetic terms for what should appear in the world from that which should remain intimate.

After analyzing the church's bylaws to show that the First Church of Christ, Scientist was a tightly organized hi­ erarchy with all lines of authority pointing to Mrs. "46 No one outrivaled Mrs. Eddy either, in Twain's estimation, for sheer hypocrisy. Her doctrinal inconsistencies were laid bare most clearly in her views about money. The Christian Science "god is Mrs. Eddy first, then the Dollar. Not a spiritual Dollar, but a real one. "47 For Twain this was particularly unconscionable, given Mrs.

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