P. Eddy Wilson (essay date 1995)
SOURCE: "Emerson and Dewey on Natural Piety," in The Journal of Religion, Vol. 75, No. 3, July, 1995, pp. 329-46.
[In the following excerpt, Wilson examines the differences and similarities between the naturalism espoused by Dewey and Ralph Waldo Emerson.]
Today many find themselves to be alienated from a religion with a strong textual tradition and in rebellion against the idea of a transcendent deity. In the nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche said, "it is in one particular interpretation [of distress], the...
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