By Sarah M. Pike
From Shirley MacLaine's religious biography Out on a Limb to the teenage witches within the movie The Craft, New Age and Neopagan ideals have made sensationalistic headlines. within the mid- to overdue Nineties, numerous vital scholarly stories of the hot Age and Neopagan hobbies have been released, testifying to educational in addition to well known attractiveness that those religions are an important presence at the modern North American non secular panorama. Self-help books via New Age channelers and psychics are a wide and starting to be industry; annual spending on channeling, self-help companies, and replacement wellbeing and fitness care is at $10 to $14 billion; an predicted 12 million americans are concerned with New Age actions; and American Neopagans are anticipated at round 200,000. New Age and Neopagan Religions in America introduces the ideals and practices in the back of the general public faces of those arguable pursuits, which were transforming into progressively in past due 20th- and early twenty-first-century America.
What is the recent Age circulate, and the way is it diverse from and just like Neopaganism in its underlying ideals and still-evolving practices? the place did those decentralized and eclectic hobbies come from, and why have they grown and flourished at this aspect in American non secular heritage? what's the courting among the hot Age and Neopaganism and different religions in the US, relatively Christianity, that's usually construed as adverse to them? Drawing on old and ethnographic money owed, Sarah Pike explores those questions and gives a sympathetic but serious therapy of spiritual practices frequently marginalized but hovering in recognition. The ebook offers a normal creation to the forms of New Age and Neopagan religions within the usa this day in addition to an account in their nineteenth-century roots and emergence from the Nineteen Sixties counterculture. overlaying such subject matters as therapeutic, gender and sexuality, millennialism, and formality adventure, it additionally furnishes a wealthy description and research of the non secular worlds and social networks created through participants.