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New Age Religions

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Meditation; Metaphysics; Mind; Self-help; Spiritualism; Spirituality; Theosophy


New Age religions lack a formal social structure as a whole. Any easily discernible social group is usually based on a common interest in a specific topic, such as meditation, healing, or energy, rather than a formal commitment (Albanese 2008). Any social structure usually develops out of an audience membership or with local teachings from a knowledgeable source. A lot of material familiar to the traditions comes from mass media such as books, videos, and Internet websites and may contribute to the nonsocial structure of New Age religions (Jenkins 2001). There is no set belief system that encompasses all New Age religions traditions; rather, markers such as an emphasis on the mind, metaphysics, meditation, human ability, and science’s role in spirituality are common characteristics.

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Lane, J.E. (2013). New Age Religions. In: Runehov, A.L.C., Oviedo, L. (eds) Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Springer, Dordrecht.

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