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Secular Spirituality: Reincarnation and Spiritism in Nineteenth-Century France

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Secular Spirituality challenges the traditional dichotomy between Enlightenment reason and religion. It follows French romantic socialists' and spiritists' search for a new spirituality based on reincarnation as a path to progress for individuals and society. Leaders like Allan Kardec argued for social reform; spiritist groups strove for equality; and women mediums ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Lexington Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Joshua Buhs
A decent academic monograph--with all that implies--which, in the end, works against its own constraints.

Lynn L. Sharp belongs to the recent generation of scholars who set out to complicate--or even dismiss--Max Weber's thesis that the modern period is 'disenchanted': that materialism and rationalism has left no more room for spirituality, mysticism, or the supernatural. This strain of thought peaked in the late 1960s, with the secularization thesis, that religion was slowly withering away. Of c
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