The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders

The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders

Jacob Needleman

The exceptional thinker and bestselling writer bargains a compelling new figuring out of the which means of the United States, from the religious imaginative and prescient of its founding fathers to the wish it may possibly provide to our more and more threatened world.

on the middle of Jacob Needleman's The American Soul is a choice to rediscover the undying truths hidden in the founding imaginative and prescient of the yank kingdom. Embedded within the beliefs of democracy, person liberty, and freedom of judgment of right and wrong is a view of human nature that echoes crucial features of the knowledge that has guided each nice civilization of the area. freed from all spiritual and philosophical dogma, and liberated from old and political clichés, this uniquely American imaginative and prescient includes the facility to talk back to the trendy world's desire for that means and neighborhood.

through the e-book, Needleman takes a brand new sounding of the interior ideals and religious sensibilities of the nice iconic figures of yank historical past. His powerfully conceived images express us Washington because the nice image of selfless impartiality; Jefferson because the embodiment of the communal look for fact; Franklin because the seeker of data in worlds. Lincoln emerges because the incarnation of definitely the right of the person; Frederick Douglass because the voice of America's judgment of right and wrong; and the tale of the Iroquois structure unearths the cosmic dimensions of our personal perfect of democracy.

Needleman indicates how the crimes and defeats of the United States -slavery, the destruction of the tradition of the yankee Indian, the Vietnam struggle - cry out for a imaginative and prescient of a kingdom asleep to its personal non secular essence, whereas bringing domestic the intensity of what the United States owes to its personal humans and to the earth itself.

After an illuminating dialogue of what we needs to examine from America's all-but-forgotten early mystical groups, Needleman concludes with a powerful name, echoing Walt Whitman's quest for a brand new American mythology, to appreciate what's actually everlasting and indestructible within the American imaginative and prescient.

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