By Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey
Religious liberalism in the USA has frequently been equated with an ecumenical Protestant institution. against this, American non secular Liberalism attracts awareness to the wide variety of liberal cultures that shapes America’s spiritual events. The essays amassed the following push past well-known tropes and limits to interrogate spiritual liberalism’s dense cultural leanings by way of taking a look at spirituality within the arts, the politics and piety of non secular cosmopolitanism, and the interplay among liberal faith and liberal secularism. Readers will discover a kaleidoscopic view of some of the revolutionary strands of America’s spiritual earlier and found in this richly provocative volume.
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8. Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (1840; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1907), 110. 9. Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. William H. , vol. : Harvard University Press, 1965), 186. 10. Walt Whitman, “Democratic Vistas,” in Complete Poetry and Collected Prose, ed. Justin Kaplan (New York: Library of America, 1982)—all subsequent quotations from Whitman are taken from this volume, which is cited as CPCP; and Alfred Kazin, God and the American Writer (New York: Knopf, 1997), 118.
Initially, the organ ization flourished. Within its first year, the Fellowship held several meetings, gained more than one hundred twenty members, and established branches in Boston, Chicago, Knoxville, and New York. The mid- R e a di ng Poetry R eligiously 21 1890s were spiritually heady times for Traubel and the Whitman Fellowship. A poem by Laurens Maynard titled “The Walt Whitman Fellowship” and published in the December 1894 Conservator gives some sense of the atmosphere within the organization soon after its founding: Not with desire to found or sect or school— Too long the world hath fettered been by creeds; Too long the standard hath been faith, not deeds, And dogma ruined what it could not rule.
Debs, foreword to William English Walling, Whitman and Traubel (New York: Albert and Charles Boni, 1916); and Eugene V. Debs, “Whitman and Traubel,” Conservator 28 (July 1917): 77. 28. Kelly Miller, “What Walt Whitman Means to the Negro,” Conservator 6 (July 1895): 70. The speech was reprinted in Miller’s collection of essays Race Adjustment (1908); that volume was reprinted as Radicals and Conservatives, and Other Essays on the Negro in America (New York: Schocken, 1968). 29. Miller, “What Walt Whitman Means to the Negro,” 73.