The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders

The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders

Jacob Needleman

The extraordinary thinker and bestselling writer bargains a compelling new realizing of the which means of the United States, from the non secular imaginative and prescient of its founding fathers to the wish it might probably provide to our more and more threatened world.

on the center 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 moral sense is a view of human nature that echoes crucial points of the knowledge that has guided each nice civilization of the realm. freed from all non secular and philosophical dogma, and liberated from historic and political clichés, this uniquely American imaginative and prescient includes the ability to talk back to the trendy world's want for that means and neighborhood.

during the e-book, Needleman takes a brand new sounding of the internal ideals and religious sensibilities of the nice iconic figures of yankee background. His powerfully conceived graphics 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 information in worlds. Lincoln emerges because the incarnation of the correct 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 warfare - cry out for a imaginative and prescient of a country 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 research 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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