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Author Bruce, Steve, 1954- author

Title Secular beats spiritual : the westernization of the easternization of the West / Steve Bruce
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
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Contents ""Cover""; ""Secular Beats Spiritual: The Westernization of the Easternization of the West""; ""Copyright""; ""Preface""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""Contents""; ""List of Figures and Tables""; ""Figures""; ""Tables""; ""1: The Secularization of the West""; ""Introduction""; ""Explaining the Decline""; ""ReligionÂś Shrinking Range""; ""The Decline of Community""; ""Science and Technology""; ""The Supply-Side Alternative""; ""Not Decline Just Change""; ""Definitions""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""2: Contemporary Spirituality""; ""Introduction""; ""Findhorn""; ""The HealerÂś Tale""
""Feng Shui, Native American Indians, and Celtic Warriors""""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""6: Counting the Spiritual""; ""Introduction""; ""Celebrity Froth""; ""Pervading the Culture""; ""Measuring Serious Interest""; ""Excursus: On the Obsolescence of Respectability""; ""The Kendal Project""; ""Scottish Social Attitudes Survey""; ""Further Sources""; ""Projections and Trends""; ""Spirituality or Bad Science?""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""7: The Secular Beats the Spiritual""; ""Introduction""; ""Aside One: Secularity or Capitalism""; ""Aside Two: Westernization or Globalization?""
""From Yogins to Yoga""""Rebirth and Cosmic Justice""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""4: Buddhism Religious and Secular""; ""Introduction""; ""Buddhism in Britain""; ""Of Temples and Monasteries""; ""Samye Ling""; ""Throssel Hole Abbey""; ""Chithurst Forest Sangha""; ""The Scale of Institutional Buddhism""; ""Mindfulness""; ""The Next Secularization""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""5: Islam: The Unpillaged Eastern Religion""; ""Introduction""; ""Why Is Islam Not Pillaged?""; ""The Wrong Sort of Religion""; ""Requiring What is Right and Forbidding What is Wrong""; ""An Islamic Presence""
""The SeekerÂś Tale""""Glastonbury: From English Hippies to Beyoncé""; ""Key Concepts""; ""The Enduring Self""; ""The Effective Self and Intuition""; ""Reincarnation and Cultural Inversion""; ""Lack of Divide between Living and Dead""; ""The Return of the Occult""; ""Romancing the Stones""; ""Tolerance of Diversity""; ""Syncretism""; ""Holism""; ""The Structure of the New Age Milieu""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""3: Yogins and Yoga""; ""Introduction""; ""Hindu Movements in the UK""; ""Krishna Consciousness""; ""The Vital Spark""; ""The Orange Order""; ""Transcendental Meditation""
""The Size of the Gap""""The Rise of the Nones""; ""The Zombie of Previous Impiety""; ""Cycles and Trajectories""; ""Church to Denomination""; ""Sect to Denomination""; ""So Where are the New Sects?""; ""Individualism and Relativism""; ""Summary""; ""Socio-Moral Evaluation""; ""Notes""
Summary The decline of Christianity in the West is undeniable but commentators differ in their understanding of what this represents. For some, it shows a decline in interest in religion; for others, religion has not declined, only changed shape. Possible candidates for Christianity's replacement are the new religious movements of the late 1960s and what is variously called New Age, alternative, or contemporary spirituality. This detailed study of the religious and spiritual innovations since the 1970s assesses their popularity in Britain and concludes that the 'not-decline-just-change' view is unsustainable. Serious interest in spirituality has grown far less quickly than has the number of people with no religious or spiritual interest. The most popular and enduring movements have been the least religious ones; those that have survived have done so by becoming more 'this-worldly' and less patently religious or spiritual. Yoga is popular but as a secular exercise programme; Transcendental Meditation now markets its technique as a purely secular therapy; British Buddhists now offer the secular Mindfulness; the Findhorn Foundation (Europe's oldest New Age centre) no longer promotes counter-cultural communalism but sells its expertise to major corporations. The book also demonstrates that, although eastern religious themes such as reincarnation and karma have gained popularity as the power of Christianity to stigmatize them as dangerous has declined, such themes have also been significantly altered so that what superficially looks like the easternization of the West might better be described as the westernization of the easternization of the West
A study of the process of secularization in relation to alternative forms of spirituality
Notes This edition previously issued in print: 2017
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on September 19, 2017)
Subject Secularism
RELIGION -- Comparative Religion.
RELIGION -- Essays.
RELIGION -- Reference.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191843636 (ebook)
9780191843631 (ebook)