Harvard and the Modern American Practice of Unbelief
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Transcendental Heresies draws on an expansive antebellum archive of period commentary and writings by transcendentalism's practitioners, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Theodore Parker, Margaret Fuller, and the women of transcendentalism's second and third waves. From Boston to Concord to the heady environs of Harvard, the species of unbelief they practiced multiplied the religious possibilities of the era, expressing misgivings about traditional notions of divinity, flouting religion's customary forms, and ultimately encouraging spiritual questioning.
"Faflik has read widely, and intelligently, in both manuscripts and little-known periodicals to establish a wider interpretation of transcendentalism. This is a major advance in the field."—David M. Robinson, author of Natural Life: Thoreau's Worldly Transcendentalism