By Sarah Pike
From Shirley MacLaine's non secular 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, a number of vital scholarly experiences of the recent Age and Neopagan routine have been released, testifying to educational in addition to renowned acceptance that those religions are an important presence at the modern North American spiritual panorama. Self-help books through New Age channelers and psychics are a wide and growing to be marketplace; annual spending on channeling, self-help companies, and substitute healthiness care is at $10 to $14 billion; an envisioned 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 debatable routine, that have been transforming into progressively in overdue 20th- and early twenty-first-century America.
What is the recent Age move, and the way is it assorted 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 non secular historical past? what's the dating among the hot Age and Neopaganism and different religions in the USA, quite Christianity, that is frequently construed as adversarial to them? Drawing on historic and ethnographic money owed, Sarah Pike explores those questions and provides a sympathetic but serious therapy of spiritual practices usually marginalized but hovering in attractiveness. The publication offers a normal creation to the different types of New Age and Neopagan religions within the usa this present 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 contributors.