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Spiritual Warfare and New Age Literature
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (English)In: 9th International and Interdisciplinary GloPent Conference: Pentecostalism and Its Encounters with Other Religions : Programme and Abstracts, 2016, 19-19 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Christian spiritual warfare literature typically considers the New Age movement to be something demonic, but to a great extent both forms of literature reflect the same world view. In this paper I will examine the striking similarities between some books about spiritual warfare authored by Charismatic Christians and examples of New Age and neo-Pagan literature. I show that although the authors have very different relations to Christianity, they appeal to the same kind of readership. These texts were written in a cultural context coloured by a distrust of science and of the established church and by the idealization of pre-modern forms of knowledge. The entrepreneurial authors offer their consumers esoteric knowledge (thus helping to fulfil their desire to be unique) and guaranteeing quick fixes to their problems. While questioning the results of modern science, the authors will often use pseudoscientific terminology to give their texts greater credibility.

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2016. 19-19 p.
Keyword [en]
New Age, Pentecostal, Spiritual Warfare
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53404OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-53404DiVA: diva2:935865
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9th International and Interdisciplinary GloPent Conference
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-06-13 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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