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New Age Movements
Refers to a set of beliefs and activities, which contain a spiritual element but are not recognised and organised in the same way as traditional religion
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Heelas
Describes the environment in which the NA exists as the 'holistic milieu', unlike the congregation domain, where people meet regularly for collective worship, the holistic milieu involves more one to one activities and small group activities
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Examples of New Age Beliefs
Clairvoyance, paganism, witchcraft, magic, spirit guides/masters, feng shui, scientology, alternative medicines
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Self-spirituality
Instead of looking to a traditional religion, look inside yourself for a sense of spirituality, rather than worshipping external gods, attempt to perfect yourself and discover your own spiritual depths
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Detraditionalisation
A rejection of traditional sources of authority such as churches and conventional moral or ethical values, you are responsible for your own actions and for discovering your own truth, through getting in touch with your spirituality
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New Age and Modernity - Heelas
Secularisation, people have a multiplicity of roles so they lose sense of their true self, in a rapidly changing society when traditional norms and values are being disrupted people use spiritual values to avoid insecurity
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Reasons for growth
Failure of science/enlightenment, rise of individualism, little demand on members
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Postmodernists
Growth of the NA is a response to the failure of the emphasis on science and material success in modernity, science and rationality cannot solve the world's problems, now turning away from science - inner spiritual satisfaction
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Steve Bruce
Sees NA as a product of modernity - modernity emphasises individualism, the NA is an extreme form of individualism, NA closely linked to the human potential movement - self improvement achieves perfection, NA appeals to university educated
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Describes the environment in which the NA exists as the 'holistic milieu', unlike the congregation domain, where people meet regularly for collective worship, the holistic milieu involves more one to one activities and small group activities

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Heelas

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Clairvoyance, paganism, witchcraft, magic, spirit guides/masters, feng shui, scientology, alternative medicines

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Instead of looking to a traditional religion, look inside yourself for a sense of spirituality, rather than worshipping external gods, attempt to perfect yourself and discover your own spiritual depths

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A rejection of traditional sources of authority such as churches and conventional moral or ethical values, you are responsible for your own actions and for discovering your own truth, through getting in touch with your spirituality

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