New Age and Neopagan Religions in America, 1st Edition

  • Sarah M. Pike
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  • ISBN-10: 0231508387
  • ISBN-13: 9780231508384
  • DDC: 299.93
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 220 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Provides a general introduction to the varieties of New Age and Neopagan religions in the United States today as well as an account of their nineteenth-century roots and emergence from the 1960s counterculture. Covering such topics as healing, gender and sexuality, millennialism, and ritual experience, it also provides a description and analysis of the spiritual worlds and social networks created by participants.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
New Age and Neopagan Religions in America.
Part One.
Ancient Mysteries in Contemporary America.
Introduction to the Religious Worlds of Neopagans and New Agers.
Popular Culture and the Media.
Defining Neopaganism.
Defining the New Age Movement.
Spiritual Eclecticism.
Living for the Future and Looking to the Past.
Studying New Religious Movements.
Early Varieties of Alternative Spirituality in American Religious History.
The Nineteenth-Century Spiritual Hothouse.
Mediums, Healers, and Radical Reformers Meet at the Lyceum.
Spiritual Masters and Asian Religions.
Occultists and Psychics in the Early Twentieth Century.
The 1960s Watershed Years.
Postwar America and the 1960s Spiritual Boom.
The Counterculture and the Personalization of Religion.
Utopia in this and Other Worlds.
Part Two.
Healing and Techniques of the Self.
Constructing a Healing Tradition.
Person and Cosmos: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Spiritual Healing.
Self-Healing and the Role of the Healer.
Illness and Its Causes.
Alternative Healers and the Medical Establishment.
Healing Techniques.
Healing Narratives.
"All Acts of Love and Pleasure Are My Rituals": Sex, Gender, and the Sacred.
Spiritual Feminism and the Myth of Ancient Matriarchal Goddess Religions.
New Rites of Passage for Men and Women.
Sex and Spirituality.
The Age of Aquarius.
Apocalyptic Thinking and the Aquarian Age.
Utopian Communities and the Next Generation.
Social and Environmental Activism.
Oppositions and Controversies.
The Internet as Twenty-First Century Spiritual Hothouse.
At the Turn of the Millennium (1999–2000).
Resources for the Study of New Age and Neopagan Religions.