Invented Religions

Utilizing contemporary scholarship on secularization, individualism, and consumer capitalism, this book explores religious movements founded in the West which are intentionally fictional: Discordianism, the Church of All Worlds, the Church ...

Invented Religions

Invented Religions

Utilizing contemporary scholarship on secularization, individualism, and consumer capitalism, this book explores religious movements founded in the West which are intentionally fictional: Discordianism, the Church of All Worlds, the Church of the SubGenius, and Jediism. Their continued appeal and success, principally in America but gaining wider audience through the 1980s and 1990s, is chiefly as a result of underground publishing and the internet. This book deals with immensely popular subject matter: Jediism developed from George Lucas' Star Wars films; the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, founded by 26-year-old student Bobby Henderson in 2005 as a protest against the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools; Discordianism and the Church of the SubGenius which retain strong followings and participation rates among college students. The Church of All Worlds' focus on Gaia theology and environmental issues makes it a popular focus of attention. The continued success of these groups of Invented Religions provide a unique opportunity to explore the nature of late/post-modern religious forms, including the use of fiction as part of a bricolage for spirituality, identity-formation, and personal orientation.

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Invented Religions
Language: en
Pages: 186
Authors: Carole M. Cusack
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-06 - Publisher: Routledge

Utilizing contemporary scholarship on secularization, individualism, and consumer capitalism, this book explores religious movements founded in the West which are intentionally fictional: Discordianism, the Church of All Worlds, the Church of the SubGenius, and Jediism. Their continued appeal and success, principally in America but gaining wider audience through the 1980s
The Problem of Invented Religions
Language: en
Pages: 154
Authors: Steven J. Sutcliffe, Carole M Cusack
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-15 - Publisher: Routledge

Invented religions have been described as modern religions which advertise their invented status and reject traditional strategies of authorisation. But what does it mean for a religious formation to be ‘made up’, and how might this status affect perceptions of its legitimacy or authenticity in wider society? Based in original
Invented Religions
Language: en
Pages: 154
Authors: Steven Sutcliffe
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher:

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The Sacred Tree
Language: en
Pages: 195
Authors: Carole M. Cusack
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-05-25 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

The fundamental nature of the tree as a symbol for many communities reflects the historical reality that human beings have always interacted with and depended upon trees for their survival. Trees provided one of the earliest forms of shelter, along with caves, and the bounty of trees, nuts, fruits, and
The Men Who Invented Religion
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Jeffrey M. Pike
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016 - Publisher:

What is religion? Mark Twain said, "Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of." St. Augustine evaded giving an answer at all. Perhaps for the true believer it is the relation of human beings to God or the

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