Secularism in Antebellum America: With Reference to Ghosts, Protestant Subcultures, Machines, and Their Metaphors: Featuring Discussions of Mass Media, Moby-Dick, Spirituality, Phrenology, Anthropology, Sing Sing State Penitentiary, and Sex with the Ne... John Lardas Modern

ISBN: 9780226533254

Published: May 14th 2014

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Secularism in Antebellum America: With Reference to Ghosts, Protestant Subcultures, Machines, and Their Metaphors: Featuring Discussions of Mass Media, Moby-Dick, Spirituality, Phrenology, Anthropology, Sing Sing State Penitentiary, and Sex with the Ne...  by  John Lardas Modern

Secularism in Antebellum America: With Reference to Ghosts, Protestant Subcultures, Machines, and Their Metaphors: Featuring Discussions of Mass Media, Moby-Dick, Spirituality, Phrenology, Anthropology, Sing Sing State Penitentiary, and Sex with the Ne... by John Lardas Modern
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Ghosts. Railroads. Sing Sing. Sex machines. These are just a few of the phenomena that appear in John Lardas ModernOCOs pioneering account of religion and society in nineteenth-century America. This book uncovers surprising connections betweenMoreGhosts.

Railroads. Sing Sing. Sex machines. These are just a few of the phenomena that appear in John Lardas ModernOCOs pioneering account of religion and society in nineteenth-century America. This book uncovers surprising connections between secular ideology and the rise of new technologies that opened up new ways of being religious.

Exploring the eruptions of religion in New YorkOCOs penny presses, the budding fields of anthropology and phrenology, and Moby-Dick, Modern challenges the strict separation between the religious and the secular that remains integral to discussions about religion today.Modern frames his study around the dread, wonder, paranoia, and manic confidence of being haunted, arguing that experiences and explanations of enchantment fueled secularismOCOs emergence.

The awareness of spectral energies coincided with attempts to tame the unruly fruits of secularismOCoin the cultivation of a spiritual self among Unitarians, for instance, or in John Murray SpearOCOs erotic longings for a perpetual motion machine. Combining rigorous theoretical inquiry with beguiling historical arcana, Modern unsettles long-held views of religion and the methods of narrating its past.



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