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1. If this were the only book you’d ever read on American religious history, what would it tell you about the religious beliefs of this country? Be specific with reference to ideas, time periods, events, etc.

2. Use Clifford Geertz’s and/or Catherine Albanese’s definition of religion to describe and then to analyze the religions represented in this text.

3. How would you use this text to teach a class like REL320?

4. If you think about this book using the problem of the “one and the many,” what would the author have to say about this relationship and its history?



Catherine Albanese. A Republic of Mind and Spirit.   Survey of metaphysical religions.