The World’s Parliament of Religions

The World’s Parliament of Religions

The East/West Encounter, Chicago, 1893
Seager, Richard Hughes
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/26/2009
Format: Paperback 17 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22166-7
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Conceived as a magnificent display of the major religions of the world, the 1893 Parliament sought to unite "all religion against irreligion." A singular moment in the creation of a more pluralistic religious culture in America, it introduced many Americans to Eastern religions and meditative practices such as yoga. Some in the Christian community saw the gathering as a sign of the approaching fulfillment of the missionary’s hope to evangelize the world, while others saw a divided Christendom under threat from the religions of the East. Richard Hughes Seager explores this fascinating event in all its complexities and, in a new preface, summarizes recent research and reflects on religious pluralism in an age of religious extremism.

Author Bio

Richard Hughes Seager is Bates and Benjamin Professor of Classical and Religious Studies at Hamilton College. He is author of Buddhism in America and Encountering the Dharma and editor of The Dawn of Religious Pluralism: Voices from the World's Parliament of Religions.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein
Preface to the Paperback Reissue
I. A Millennial City
1. The Columbian Myth of America
2. The Midway Plaisance and the Magic of the White City
II. An Ingathering of Nations and Tribes
3. Chicago’s Pentecost
4. On Mars Hill
5. "A Rapt Gaze into the Millennium"
III. Further and Fractious Missions
6. Acts of Apostles
7. Beyond the White City

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