Perspectives on the New Age
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This book begins with a comprehensive historical section that places the New Age within the context of its predecessor movements. It then focuses on specialized aspects of this subculture, from essays on the convergence of New Age spirituality with women's spirituality, to an essay on how Evangelical Christians have responded to the movement. The book also examines the international impact of the New Age.
James R. Lewis is Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, CA. J. Gordon Melton is Director of the Santa Barbara Centre for Humanistic Studies, Santa Barbara, CA.
"By the end of the book, the reader will have received a comprehensive education concerning the New Age Movement—what it includes and what people inside it and outside it think about it. " — Donald Evans, University of Toronto
"What is distinctive about this book is that it proceeds from a well-defined historical orientation, it offers accounts from several perspectives on significant popular phenomena in the present-day, and it anticipates future directions by means of its attention to comparative and international aspects of the subject. This is a very ambitious project that has been well-designed and effectively done.
"This book has not only made an important contribution to our understanding of "new age" phenomena, it also has taken study of the subject to a higher level and will attract new participants into the discussion. " — Gene R. Thursby, University of Florida
"It is the first major study of what may well be the most important development in contemporary western religion. It will in itself establish a new field within religious studies. I would not be surprised to see courses develop with this book as the core reading. " — Jordan Paper, York University