The New Age Movement: Religion, Culture and Society in the Age of Postmodernity / Edition 1

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This is the first wide-ranging and accessible introduction to the fascinating subject of the New Age movement.

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"Drawing on a vast and rich body of sources, Dr Heelas has produceda remarkably comprehensive picture of the multi-facetedcontemporary New Age movement. His knowledge of everything fromhuman potential movements to the new Gurdjieff-inspired religioussystems and modern paganism is in itself no less impressive thanhis discerning commentary on what all this means for modernsociety. His deeply researched but lightly-worn scholarship informsevery page, and anyone who wishes to get an understanding of thepresent-day fringe religious scene will need to acquaint themselveswith this book." Dr B R Wilson, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls,University of Oxford

"A pioneering book, and a remarkable feat of sympatheticinterpretation which will change the way we perceive the New Age.Paul Heelas makes sense out of a wider range of materials than I'dhave believed possible. A book to buy and keep, as a document ofour times." Don Cupitt, Emmanuel College, University ofCambridge

It should be clear from all of this that Heelas takes the NewAge seriously and is able to point to it as cultural expression ofmodernity as well as, in some ways, a resource for modernity.Voices are often shrill and unidimensional in dealing with the NewAges; so his careful, searching judgements are surely welcome...Still, Heelas has contributed significantly to the small list oftruly good books on the New Age movement. With its plethora ofconcrete examples, his work is rich in conveying the texture of themovement, and it is evenhanded in its evaluation of evidence andclaims" Professor Catherine L. Albanese, Department of ReligiousStudies, University of California.

"Heelas' work presents a particularly good introduction to thesubject. Heelas' book will be of great assistance to everyoneinterested in undertaking research into some aspect of the New AgeMovement." Religion

"Paul Heelas has produced an extremely useful account of the newAge and this book will no doubt be a standard text for some time tocome." Fiona Bowie, BASR Bulletin.

"... Heelas' book provides a good comprehensive guide to the NewAge Movement. This book is a valuable resource for those studyingthe sociology of religion, particularly for those interested in theNew Age Movement." Andri Soteri, London School of Economics andPolitical Science

"We have long needed a scholarly and objective description andassessment of the New Age Movement, and at last Paul Heelas... hasprovided us with one... Comtemporary Christians in particular needto know why New Age ideas attract, and they need a guide throughthis perplexing welter of beliefs, therapies, lifestyles, hopes andaspirations. They could have none better than The New AgeMovement." The Christian Parapsychologist

"Heelas's description of contempory New Age phenomena provide avaluable resource for the student of new Religious Movements"Wendy W. Young, University of Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631193326
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Heelas is Director of the Centre for Study of Cultural Values and Reader in Religion and Modernity in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.




1. Manifestations.

2. Developments.

3. The New.

4. Significance.


5. Uncertainties of Modernity.

6. Certainties of Modernity.


7. Sel-Understanding.

8. The Future.

Appendices: (1) Characterizations of the New Age; (2) Before andAfter Exegesis.



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