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The Re-Enchantment of the West (Volume 1)

Christopher Partridge

The Re-Enchantment of the West (Volume 1)

Christopher Partridge

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'In this lively and rigorous study, Chris Partridge refutes the accepted argument that religion is in decline in western societies, and demonstrates that alternative spiritualities are flourishing today. In my view this is a monumental work and should become a classic.' Daniel Wojcik, University of Oregon in Eugene 'This is among the most important books exploring the nature of contemporary life and makes an invaluable and unrivalled contribution to the study of contemporary culture.' Graham Harvey, King Alfred's College, Winchester Western society and culture is often described in sociological and theological texts as increasingly secular.;This work challenges this thesis and introduces the reader to the principal theories and debates about the state of religion in the West (secularization, sacralization, Easternization, the development of New Religious Movements etc.) In so doing it demonstrates the significance of popular culture in the construction of eclectic alternative spiritual worldviews in the West. One of the principal theses posited in this book is that there is a broad 'occulture' -- a reservoir of ideas, beliefs, theories, and practices from which new religions, alternative spiritualities, and popular culture all drink.

- Publisher Challenging some assessments of religion in the West, this study argues that, although much organized religion, particularly Christianity, is in numerical decline, in actual fact we are witnessing an alternative spiritual re-enchantment of society and culture.

- Publisher Western society and culture are often described in sociological and theological texts as increasingly secular. This work (the first of two volumes) challenges this thesis and introduces the reader to the principal theories and debates surrounding the state of religion in the West (including secularization, sacralization, Easternization and the development of New Religious Movements). Book jacket.

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'In this lively and rigorous study, Chris Partridge refutes the accepted argument that religion is in decline in western societies, and demonstrates that alternative spiritualities are flourishing today. In my view this is a monumental work and should become a classic.' Daniel Wojcik, University of Oregon in Eugene 'This is among the most important books exploring the nature of contemporary life and makes an invaluable and unrivalled contribution to the study of contemporary culture.' Graham Harvey, King Alfred's College, Winchester Western society and culture is often described in sociological and theological texts as increasingly secular.;This work challenges this thesis and introduces the reader to the principal theories and debates about the state of religion in the West (secularization, sacralization, Easternization, the development of New Religious Movements etc.) In so doing it demonstrates the significance of popular culture in the construction of eclectic alternative spiritual worldviews in the West. One of the principal theses posited in this book is that there is a broad 'occulture' -- a reservoir of ideas, beliefs, theories, and practices from which new religions, alternative spiritualities, and popular culture all drink.
- Publisher

Challenging some assessments of religion in the West, this study argues that, although much organized religion, particularly Christianity, is in numerical decline, in actual fact we are witnessing an alternative spiritual re-enchantment of society and culture.
- Publisher

Western society and culture are often described in sociological and theological texts as increasingly secular. This work (the first of two volumes) challenges this thesis and introduces the reader to the principal theories and debates surrounding the state of religion in the West (including secularization, sacralization, Easternization and the development of New Religious Movements). Book jacket.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Christopher Partridge

Christopher Partridge is Professor of Contemporary Religion at the University of Chester, England. Helen Reid is Director of Faith to Faith, a Christian consultancy. C

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction; Part 1: The Disenchantment And Re-enchantment Of The West 1. The Disenchantment Of The West; Types Of Secularization; Max Weber And The Disenchantment Of The World; What Secularization Is Not; Rationalization And Pluralism; Conclusion; 2. Understanding New Religions And Alternative Spiritualities; Max Weber On Sectarianism And Charisma; Ernst Troeltsch On Churches, Sects And Mysticism; H.r. Niebuhr On Sectarianism; Bryan Wilson On Sectarianism; Towards A Typology Of The New Religious Life Secularization, New Religions And Alternative Spiritualities; 3. The Re-enchantment Of The West Disenchantment As The Precursor To Re-enchantment; Non-traditional Religious Vitality; Re-enchantment And De-exotification; Concluding Comments; Part 2: The Significance Of Occulture; 4. Occulture; The Cultic Milleu And Mystical Religion Occulture; New Age Occulture: The Significance Of The Self; The Priority Of Experience And A Hermeneutic Of Suspicion; Romanticizing The Premodern; Pagan Occulture; Concluding Comments; 5. Easternization? Turning East; East Meets West; The Significance Of The 1893 World Parliament Of Religions; A Revolution Of Consciousness: The Sacralizing Significance Of The 1960s; Eastern Teachers In Western Traditions; Easternization? Problems And Proposals; Quasi-religion, Instrumental Activism, And Syncretism; 6. Popular Occulture; Popular Culture As Religious Text? The Dilution Thesis; The Significance Of Popular Culture; Supernatural Horror: Vampire Fiction Cool Occulture; Popular Sacred Narratives; 7. Popular Occulture: The Significance Of Sound Adorno And Popular Music; The Occultural Significance Of Popular Music Festival Culture; Psychedelic Trance Culture; Practising The Sacred Art Of Dub; Concluding Comments; Bibliography; Index

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 221251
  • Product Code 0567084086
  • EAN 9780567084088
  • Pages 276
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category Occult
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Continuum Publishing Group
  • Publication Date Feb 2005
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.391kg

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