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Secular Beats Spiritual: The Westernization of the Easternization of the West

Steve Bruce


The decline of Christianity in the West is undeniable but commentators differ in their understanding of what this represents. For some, it shows a decline in interest in religion; for others, religion has not declined, only changed shape. Possible candidates for Christianity’s replacement are the new religious movements of the late 1960s and what is variously called New Age, alternative, or contemporary spirituality. This detailed study of the religious and spiritual innovations since the 1970s assesses their popularity in Britain and concludes that the ‘not-decline-just-change’ view is unsust ... More

Keywords: secularization, easternization, contemporary spirituality, new religious movements, alternative medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198805687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Bruce, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Aberdeen