From Spiritualism to Theosophy: “Uplifting” a Democratic Tradition

The status reversal ritual that American religious historiography has undergone in the last two decades has done much to “mainstream” previously taboo topics within the field. Many religious groups once dismissed as odd and insignificant “cults” are now seen as “new religious movements” worthy of se...

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Published in:Religion and American culture
Main Author: Prothero, Stephen R. 1960-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge University Press 1993
In:Religion and American culture
Year: 1993, Volume: 3, Issue: 2, Pages: 197-216
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Summary:The status reversal ritual that American religious historiography has undergone in the last two decades has done much to “mainstream” previously taboo topics within the field. Many religious groups once dismissed as odd and insignificant “cults” are now seen as “new religious movements” worthy of serious scrutiny. One subject that has benefited from this reversal of fortunes is theosophy. Thanks to the work of scholars such as Robert Ellwood and Carl Jackson, theosophists are now part of the story of American religion. Exactly what part they are to play in that story remains, however, unclear.
ISSN:1533-8568
Contains:Enthalten in: Religion and American culture
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1525/rac.1993.3.2.03a00050