James Freeman Clarke and the Post-Protestant Metaphysical Roots of Comparative Religion in America

I came across this on page 1 of James Freeman Clarke's Ten Great Religions (1871): [The present work] is an attempt to compare the great religions of the world with each other. When completed, this comparison ought to show what each is, what it contains, wherein it resembles the others, wherein it differs from the … Continue reading James Freeman Clarke and the Post-Protestant Metaphysical Roots of Comparative Religion in America

Shut Up and Start Writing

Time for final check in. We've done this for six weeks now and I hope it's been helpful. It seems that most of us are interested in keeping this going so here's what I'm thinking. Let's keep this going as a sort of writing support group. We'll keep checking in with our goals for the … Continue reading Shut Up and Start Writing

On the Anniversary of Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ and Its Place in American Religious History

Today marks the 158th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. It couldn't have come at a better time. Right now I am knee deep in Transcendentalists, Thoreau included, as I wade through my chapter on Transcendentalist representations of Hinduism. The combination of today's anniversary and my current writing work got me thinking about how Henry … Continue reading On the Anniversary of Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ and Its Place in American Religious History

Shut Up and Start Writing Week 6: The Home Stretch

We have hit the home stretch. Much like a runner in the Olympics, it is time to hit our "kick" and sprint to the finish. This is the last week of our summer writing group so let's get as much as we can out of it. As far as last week, I did not get … Continue reading Shut Up and Start Writing Week 6: The Home Stretch

Should we compare American Atheism and American Christianity?: An Impromptu Twitter Discussion

The following conversation emerged on Twitter between myself and Per D. Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University. Check out Per's great stuff over at irritually. Per specializes in studying irreligion and so I sent him a link to a CNN article and, well, click on the storify link and you can see what ensued. … Continue reading Should we compare American Atheism and American Christianity?: An Impromptu Twitter Discussion