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Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age

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This ground-breaking study reveals an unorganized and previously unacknowledged religion at the heart of American culture. Nature, Albanese argues, has provided a compelling religious center throughout American history.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 24th 1991 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1990)
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Jul 06, 2009 Jessicarr rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I loved this book for a lot of reasons, but perhaps most significantly because it traces the connections between nature and religion in America not only through transcendentalism, liberals and the margins, but shows the importance of nature to mainstream Americans, yet also their ambivalence or requisite moderate posture toward it.
I'm very sorry that this was never assigned in of my coursework and seminars, and I think that although her new work develops her theory about metaphysics and America,
Albanese definitely presents a compelling argument but, ultimately, suffers from a hard-to-follow argument. She goes on tangents at times and at times what should be the driving points of her arguments become skewed and easily missed within her writing. In the end, I'm still only half-sure of her argument and, therefore, unconvinced of it.
Dec 08, 2013 Mel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I'd like to read this book again in a few years, when I don't have small children constantly distracting me. It was really interesting, but it definitely requires sustained concentration to follow the arguments. I'd also like to be more familiar with the primary sources, particularly the Transcendentalists.
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