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By Robert S. Ellwood

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The explosive occasions of Jonestown and Koreagate have riveted the eyes of the US at the burgeoning and mostly misunderstood circulate of up to date non secular cults. Robert S. Elwood makes an attempt to additional our figuring out of those occult, mystical and japanese religious pursuits within the usa by way of putting them in a a distinctively American context, demonstrating that they're neither new or alien.

This compact quantity combines awesome quantity of old info with present interpretative theories approximately deepest pilgrimages and sectarian differentiation. the writer covers quite a lot of emergent, non-normative non secular varieties and notes that they have got omprised myriad members, each one following comparable styles of non-public excursus or quests for internal consciousness. After discussing the typical good points of such religious festiveness, Ellwood highlights Shaker Spiritualism, Theosophy, and as illustrative of a continuing and sundry culture of spiritual experimentation in America.... probably this book's maximum contribution is to make it very unlikely to any extent further to disregard those religions as real expressions of religious situation which mainline church buildings test vainly to demonize
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Sociologically, emergent and excursus religion avoids being directly competitive with established religion by taking either more diffuse or more intensive forms than the normative. Instead of the network of institutionalized churches of the standard denomination, it will have intensive centers which approach being total institutions, as — — well as other forms of private panicipation or interest in the spiritual path which are not seen as competitive with normative reli- we shall see, excursus religion is capable of the community and full-time practice of a Shaker community, a gion.

This is 2 power of mind and attitude scendentalism, appears in 'New Thought. ' ' more ' Christian Science, and, and many comparable recently, "positive thinking" quasi- "science" of quasi-psychological teachings about the religious. to the tradition which, rooted in tran- constructive thought. This tradition (excluding the strong group aspect of Christian Science) has many common characteristics in with the weak group, strong grid pattern. Perhaps that because of is sociological background in the primordial American weak group ambience joined with the implicit status-consciousness of the later successful capitalists who have been its most typical adherents.

This by the popular use of Weberian categories for understanding new movements: the Weberian prophet or mystagogue is the "founder" the "seed," one might say of the metaphor has been assisted — — movement; the "routinization of charisma" process in the move- ment's second generation seems clearly to legitimize thinking in developmental terms. Of course, all have reference which have been confirmed time and again. But let us reflect on what might be hidden, as well as what is revealed, by a fundamental set of "root metaphors" for religion all of these categories are valid; they to real observations which picture established religion as layers of "geological" substrata virtually coextensive with culture or society, and new, nonnormative religious movements as "biological" growths which rise out of them and finally collapse back into them as they decay.

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