New World Metaphysics: Readings on the Religious Meaning of the American Experience
From the days of discovery, when America was for Europeans more dream than reality, to our own days of disillusionment and faltering hope, poets, philosophers, historians, novelists, and theologians have drawn on religious themes and images to express the meaning of their encounter with America. Here, in more than one hundred selections, is the record of their quest for a New World metaphysics -- a spiritual vision or ultimate idea of order expressive of the American experience.
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REJECTIONS AND REVISIONS 19151950
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American appear atheism beauty believe body Boon called Chief Christ Christian church civil common consciousness death Deism divine doctrine earth Emily Dickinson ence eternal evil existence experience expression eyes fact faith father fear feel give glory God's Goodman Brown H. L. Mencken hand hath heart heaven henotheism Herman Melville holy human idea ideal Indian Jesus Jonah Kobotsky land laws live look Lord Malcolm X man's Marianne Moore McCaslin meaning ment metaphysics mind monotheism moral nation nature Negro ness never night persons philosophy Pioneers prayer principle Puritan reason relation religion religious scripture seemed sense slaves social Social Gospel soul speak spirit stand sweet T. S. Eliot theology things thou thought tion true truth uncon unto virtue Walt Whitman whole wilderness words Young Goodman Brown
Page xxiii - The land was ours before we were the land's. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. She was ours In Massachusetts, in Virginia, But we were England's, still colonials, Possessing what we still were unpossessed by, Possessed by what we now no more possessed.