The Re-enchantment of the West
Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture v. 2 annotated edition
By (author) Christopher H. Partridge
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Re-enchantment of the West by Christopher H. Partridge
Book DescriptionThe Re-Enchantment of the West challenges those theories that predict widespread secularization beyond traditional institutional religiosity. Spiritualities are emerging that are not only quite different from the those forms of religion that are in decline, but are often defined over against them and articulated and passed on in ways quite different from those of traditional religion. In particular, it is argued that such contemporary Western spirituality is fed by a constantly replenished reservoir of ideas, practices, and methodologies, which is here termed 'occulture'. Moreover, such occultural ideas both feed into and are resourced by popular culture. Indeed, popular occulture is a key feature of the re-enchantment of the West. Demonstrating the significance and ubiquity of these ideas, this book examines, for example, healthcare and nursing, contemporary environmentalism, psychedelia and drug use, the Internet and cyberspirituality, belief in UFOs and extraterrestrial life, demonology and the contemporary fascination with the figure of Satan, the heavy metal subculture, popular apocalypticism, and millennial violence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780567041333
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher H. Partridge
Lure of the Dark Side, Paperback (May 2009)
Demons, devils, spirits and vampires are present throughout popular Western culture in film, music and literature. Their religious significance has only recently begun to be explored. 'The Lure of the Darkside' brings together the work of some of the most important and creative scholars in the field of Biblical and Religious Studies.
Re-enchantment of the West, Hardback (April 2006)
Challenging theories that predict widespread secularization beyond traditional institutional religiosity, this book provides a series of specific studies which illustrate the re-enchantment and occulture theses developed in volume one. It examines, for example, healthcare and nursing, contemporary environmentalism, psychedelia and drug use.
UFO Religions, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Christopher H. Partridge
UFO Religions critically examines some of the fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship and gives a clear profile of modern UFO controversies and beliefs.
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Author Biography - Christopher H. Partridge
Christopher Partridge is the Professor of Contemporary Religion at University College Chester.
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