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date: 06 July 2022

New Spiritualities in Western Societylocked

New Spiritualities in Western Societylocked

  • Adam PossamaiAdam PossamaiDepartment of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University

Summary

Various social and cultural changes from modernity to late modernity have been key to the appearance and development of new spiritualities in Western society. The often-contested term of “new spiritualities” is often liked with other no less contested ones such as “mysticism,” “popular religion,” “the New Age,” and “new religious” movements. Further, if the expression new spiritualities or alternative spiritualities took off outside of institutionalized religions in the Western world, this term is now re-used by these institutions within their specific theology. As new spiritualities are becoming mainstream in the first quarter of the 21st century, they are having a low-key impact on post-secularism (i.e., a specific type of secularism characteristic of late modern societies).

Subjects

  • Mysticism and Spirituality
  • New Religions
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology of Religion

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