The American Soul by Jacob Needleman
Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders

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Looking at the lives of America's founders-including Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin-scholar and bestselling author Jacob Needleman explores their core of inner beliefs; their religious and spiritual sensibilities; and their individual conception of the purpose of life. 

The founders, Needleman argues, conceived of an "inner democracy": a continual pursuit of wisdom and self-improvement that would undergird the outer democracy in which we live today. Any understanding of America as a nation of spiritual values will in the years ahead require Needleman's work as a point of reference.


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The acclaimed author of books including The American Soul, The Essential Marcus Aurelius, Lost Christianity, and Money and the Meaning of Life, JACOB NEEDLEMAN is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University, and former director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He has also served as research associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and was a research fellow at Union Theological Seminary. He lives in Oakland, California.
Published June 2, 2003 by Tarcher. 404 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Needleman finds these great ideas nestled within an ancient yet subtle system of ideas—ethical, metaphysical, and societal—found scattered throughout time and place, wherein the inner spiritual world balances the outer material world and humans serve as actors of divine law, or conversely as oppo...

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Needleman explains: "It is this goal of bringing people together under the guidance of conscience that lies at the heart of the idea of democracy in its uniquely American form."

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