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American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion

Arthur Versluis

Abstract

By the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that once was inconceivable had become nearly commonplace in American society: the American public spiritual teacher who does not belong to, or at least, is not authorized by a major religious tradition. From Eckhart Tolle and Andrew Cohen to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are now countless such spiritual teachers—both male and female—that claim and teach variants of instant or immediate enlightenment. American Gurus tells the story of how this phenomenon of religious immediatism emerged, especially in American religion. This pheno ... More

Keywords: American gurus, History of American religion, American Transcendentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199368136
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368136.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Versluis, author
Michigan State University