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Transcendentalism The New Religion By A K Rodriguez Transcendentalism The New Religion According to The American Heritage Dictionary the definition of religion is a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as Creator or governor of the universe a personalized system grounded in such belief or a cause or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion TAHD 696 The American Heritage Dictionary provides a lexicon description of the word religion however the world provides a pragmatic description of religion Religion has been the foundation of mans search for spiritual identity for defining good and evil and for instituting universal harmony and balance Since the beginning of time the worlds social state cultural milieu and political atmosphere has been the impetus for the establishment of new religious institutions and new religious doctrine As culture society and politics contributed more and more to the tension and debauchery of the world and man man sought desperately for an alternative Higher law and religion became the remedy to mans struggle So the dream of making the world a better place has been embraced by every religious movement in history and it has served as the primary civilizing influence on the planet From Taoism to Buddhism from Judaism to Christianity and from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence religious philosophy has institutionalized fundamental laws of life and wisdom and spiritual values with the objective of discerning the true essence of man and discern mans relationship to the universe By the lexicon and empirical definition of religion it can be ascertained that Transcendentalism was more than a philosophy more than a literary movement and more than an intellectual inquiry Transcendentalism was a religion a radical religion that utilized nature as its sanctified house of worship glorified God as its deity had disciples and prophets known as Emerson Thoreau Fuller
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