Spiritualities of Life
New Age Romanticism and Consumptive Capitalism
By (author) Paul Heelas
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Spiritualities of Life by Paul Heelas
Book DescriptionThis insightful and provocative journey through spiritual landscapes explores the ways in which spiritualities of life have been experienced and understood in Western society, and argues that today's myriad forms of holistic spirituality are helping us to find balance in face of the stifling demands of twenty-first century living. An enlightening book which explores the ways in which spirituality has been experienced and valued in Western society Traces the development of modern spirituality, from the origins of Romanticism in the eighteenth century, through to the counter-cultural sixties and on to the wellbeing culture of today Explores the belief that modern spirituality is merely an extension of capitalism in which people consume spirituality without giving anything back Contends that much of the wide range of popular mind-body-spirit practices are really an ethically charged force for the 'good life', helping us to find balance in the demands of twenty-first century living Written by an acknowledged world-leader working in the field Completes a trilogy of books including The Spiritual Revolution (2005, with Linda Woodhead) and The New Age Movement (1996), charting the rise and influence of spirituality today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405139373
(235mm x 161mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Heelas
Spiritualities of Life, Paperback (March 2008)
Building on The New Age Movement (1996) and The Spiritual Revolution (2005), Spiritualities of Life serves to complete a trilogy of books that Paul Heelas has published with Blackwell. The primary aim of this volume is to explore the three main ways in which spirituality have been experienced, understood and valued in western settings.
Spiritual Revolution, Paperback (November 2004)
Addresses the most pressing question in the study of religion today: are new forms of spirituality overtaking traditional forms of religion? This book provides a theoretical perspective which explains both secularization and sacralization. It offers some predictions about the future of religion and spirituality in the west.
Peter Berger and the Study of Religion, Paperback (April 2001)
Peter Berger is the most influential contemporary sociologist of religion. This collection of essays is the first in-depth study of his contribution to the field.
Religion in Modern Times, Hardback (January 2000)» View all books by Paul Heelas
What has happened to religion in modern times? Why has it happened? What might happen next? This volume brings together a comprehensive selection of readings which illustrate and analyse religion's encounters with the forces of modernization - including nationalism, capitalism, colonialism, democracy, gender and identity politics.
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Author Biography - Paul Heelas
Paul Heelas is Professor in Religion and Modernity in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. For some thirty years he has published extensively, including The New Age Movement (Blackwell, 1996) and The Spiritual Revolution (Blackwell, 2005, with Linda Woodhead), and is one of the world's leading authorities on the study of contemporary spiritualities.
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