The growth of the New age

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What does the new age focus on?
personal development and spiritual growth
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Heelas
covers a range of activities that are very widespread. Many are audience/client cults that are diverse and eclectic (put unconnected ideas together in new combo.)
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examples of new age beliefs
UFO, Aliens, astrology, yoga
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2 common themes that characterise new ages (Heelas)
1)self spirituality- away from traditional and look inside selves to find spirituality.2)Detraditionalisation- rejects spiritual authority of priests and sacred texts and values personal experience and we can find truth for ourselves within us
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Drane
new age appeal is part of shift towards postmodern society. Loss of faith in meta-narratives. Loss of faith in experts as science brought war and disease and churches failure to meet spiritual needs
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Bruce
growth is feature of latest phase of modern society that values individualism. New age beliefs are softer versions of more demanding eastern religions that are palatable to self-centred westerners. e.g Buddhism
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Heelas- new age and modernity linked in four ways. 1=
source of identity- in modern society person has fragmented identity and the new age gives an authentic identity source
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consumer culture- modern never delivers perfection it promises e.g. advertisements and creates dissatisfaction so new age gives an alternative way to achieve perfection
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rapid social change- modern society has anomie so new age offers sense of certainty and truth in the same way as sects
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decline or organised religion-modern society is secularised removing any traditional alternatives to the new agew
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covers a range of activities that are very widespread. Many are audience/client cults that are diverse and eclectic (put unconnected ideas together in new combo.)

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1)self spirituality- away from traditional and look inside selves to find spirituality.2)Detraditionalisation- rejects spiritual authority of priests and sacred texts and values personal experience and we can find truth for ourselves within us

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new age appeal is part of shift towards postmodern society. Loss of faith in meta-narratives. Loss of faith in experts as science brought war and disease and churches failure to meet spiritual needs

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