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Gods in AmericaReligious Pluralism in the United States$
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Charles L. Cohen and Ronald L. Numbers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931903.001.0001

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Popular Religion and Pluralism, or, Will Harry Potter Be Left Behind?

Popular Religion and Pluralism, or, Will Harry Potter Be Left Behind?

(p.266) Chapter 11 Popular Religion and Pluralism, or, Will Harry Potter Be Left Behind?
Gods in America

Peter W. Williams

Oxford University Press

Popular religion appears in extra-ecclesial settings, is transmitted outside normal channels of official religious communication, manifests itself in terms of supernaturalism, and has an elective affinity with the mass culture created by capitalistic modes of cultural production merging with sophisticated communications technologies. The proliferation and persistence of popular religion in the United States has been a manifestation of religious pluralism from the nation's beginning, and its founding documents have continued to guarantee the possibility of that pluralism. Although popular religion has been protean in its expression, it has nevertheless tended to cluster into “metaphysical” and “evangelical” strains. Some types of popular religion, especially within metaphysical movements, have themselves been essentially pluralistic, as manifest in their eclecticism, their fascination with the exotic, and their resistance to institutionalization. Evangelicalism, however, has generally proven less receptive to coexistence with religions that do not share its interpretation of Christianity.

Keywords:   Popular culture, popular religion, evangelicalism, metaphysical religion, Harry Potter, Left Behind

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