By Sarah 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 past due Nineties, a number of vital scholarly reports of the recent Age and Neopagan routine have been released, testifying to educational in addition to well known popularity 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 becoming marketplace; annual spending on channeling, self-help companies, and substitute 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 at the back of the general public faces of those debatable events, which were transforming into gradually in overdue 20th- and early twenty-first-century America.
What is the hot Age flow, and the way is it various from and just like Neopaganism in its underlying ideals and still-evolving practices? the place did those decentralized and eclectic routine come from, and why have they grown and flourished at this aspect in American spiritual historical past? what's the courting among the hot Age and Neopaganism and different religions in the United States, really Christianity, that is frequently construed as hostile to them? Drawing on old and ethnographic bills, Sarah Pike explores those questions and gives a sympathetic but serious remedy of spiritual practices frequently marginalized but hovering in recognition. The ebook presents a common advent to the different types of New Age and Neopagan religions within the usa at the present time in addition to an account in their nineteenth-century roots and emergence from the Sixties counterculture. protecting such themes 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 by way of members.