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Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Robert C. Fuller

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146806
eISBN:
9780199834204
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146808.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book explores the history and present status of unchurched spirituality in the U.S. Nearly 20% of all Americans consider themselves interested in spiritual issues even though they never step ... More


Prophecy Fiction and Evangelical Political Reengagement

Crawford Gribben

in Writing the Rapture: Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195326604
eISBN:
9780199870257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326604.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter describes the evangelical political reengagement of the 1980s, as American prophecy believers began to search for a new eschatological enemy in the face of the impending collapse of the ... More


Engendering a New Age: Isabella Ford and Alfred Orage

Ruth Livesey

in Socialism, Sex, and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263983
eISBN:
9780191734731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263983.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter analyses the dissemination of socialist aesthetics in the press up until 1914. During the 1890s, the rise of the ILP shifted the locus of such debates from London to northern ... More


After the New Age

Mathew Thomson

in Psychological Subjects: Identity, Culture, and Health in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199287802
eISBN:
9780191713378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287802.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter examines the interest in psychology among intellectuals in the first half of the century. It focuses on the trajectories of a series of figures, including A. R. Orage, Dimitri ... More


Sitings and Sightings: Hanuman in the Cultural Landscape

Philip Lutgendorf

in Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195309225
eISBN:
9780199785391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309225.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The chapter opens with a description of Hanuman's traditional role as a guardian of spatial boundaries, and shows how this “peripheral” status has changed in recent times as his shrines have grown in ... More


The Existing Season

Richard Lennan

in Risking the Church: The Challenges of Catholic Faith

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199271467
eISBN:
9780191602108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199271461.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The movement from ‘modernity’ to ‘postmodernity’ has raised new challenges for faith, particularly because it has cast doubt on the affirmation of ‘truth’ as a possibility for human beings. Those ... More


From “Comparative Mysticism” to “New Age Spirituality”: Teaching New Age as Raw Materials of Religion

Steven J. Sutcliffe

in Teaching Mysticism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199751198
eISBN:
9780199918782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The “new age” has been both difficult to specify and tricky to theorize in the standard terms of the academic study of religion. This chapter begins by looking at how elements of the new age stack up ... More


Alternative Medicines, Alternative Worldviews

Robert C. Fuller

in Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146806
eISBN:
9780199834204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146808.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Many of America's alternative healing systems function as vehicles for the transmission of alternative spiritual philosophies. Chiropractic medicine, Osteopathy, Holistic Healing, Therapeutic Touch, ... More


Scientology, a “New Age” Religion?

Andreas Grünschloß

in Scientology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195331493
eISBN:
9780199852321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331493.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The “Church of Scientology” has gradually surfaced as the most hotly debated movement during the second half of the twentieth century, and it continued to stimulate ongoing discussions up to the ... More


Exotic Messages, Familiar Themes: Contemporary Involvement in the American Dilemma

Robert C. Fuller

in Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146806
eISBN:
9780199834204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146808.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

By the middle of the twentieth century, there was already a core of beliefs and attitudes widely held among America's unchurched spiritual seekers. Although many of these seekers turned to exotic new ... More


Controversial New Religions

James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen (eds)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This book features a collection of essays that discuss in detail the new religious groups that emerged during the 20th century. The essays provide an overview of each religion, their historical ... More


Looking for Boundaries

Larry A. Witham

in Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150452
eISBN:
9780199834860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150457.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The evolution–creation debate has produced various stances. This chapter uses “boundary theory” to survey them from strict evolutionism on one pole to literal Bible creationism on the other pole. ... More


From Atlantis to America: JZ Knight Encounters Ramtha

Gail M. Harley

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines the practice of channeling — exemplified by the Ramtha School of Enlightenment — as a unique opportunity for asserting feminine spirituality. School founder J. Z. Knight channels ... More


Shaktism and the Modern West Kundalini Vacations and Tantric Honeymoons

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Shaktism as practiced in West Bengal has never really gained a major following in the West, but has migrated and been transformed in a variety of ways. Three major transformations of Hindu Shakta ... More


The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

April D. DeConick

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170765
eISBN:
9780231542043
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170765.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Gnosticism is a countercultural spirituality that forever changed the practice of Christianity. Before it emerged in the second century, passage to the afterlife required obedience to God and king. ... More


Heart and Soul: A Qualitative Look at the Ethos of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness

Diana G. Tumminia

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay explores the cultural ethos and uses of meaning in the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA), a relatively new religion that displays a syncretistic postmodern assortment of ... More


“The Clef Club March”

Reid Badger

in A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195337969
eISBN:
9780199851553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337969.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

James Reese Europe was the leading figure in the formation of the Clef Club, and was elected its first president. There were considerable practical difficulties involved in attempting to organize a ... More


Epilogue

William Oddie

in Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199582013
eISBN:
9780191702303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582013.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of the debates between Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw. These debates came to encapsulate in the public mind two great overlapping intellectual conflicts of ... More


The Cult of Ecstasy: Meldings of East and West in a New Age of Tantra

Hugh B. Urban

in Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230620
eISBN:
9780520936898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230620.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Tantra has emerged as a “cult of ecstasy”: an ideal wedding of sexuality and spirituality that provides a much needed corrective to the prudish, repressive, modern West. In the process, it has also ... More


The Catholicity of American Spirituality

Amanda Porterfield

in The Transformation of American Religion: The Story of a Late-Twentieth-Century Awakening

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195131376
eISBN:
9780199834570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195131371.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The blossoming of spirituality in late twentieth‐century America involved the mainstreaming of Catholicism within American culture. It also involved increasingly porous boundaries between American ... More


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