Experience of "Transcending Mystery"

By: 
Steven Epperson
Year: 
2010
Volumn: 
41
Number: 
1

 

… the formal conventions of religion, and of social, economic, and

gender relations were deeply felt by the generation of New England

Transcendentalists as massive obstacles to the genuine human project.

They had become the problem: backward-looking, ossified religion,

mere rational calculation, male hierarchy and dominance, reductive materialism

—each and together, the Transcendentalists believed, obscured the essential            

 purpose of religion. The goal of religion is to promote human flourishing and

meaning by providing a vivid, all encompassing interpretation or vision of life:

what it is and ought to be. Instead of being essential, provident means for realizing

that vision, these conventions had dammed up the channels of its realization.

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