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New Age Fiction

New Age describes a broad movement of late twentieth century and contemporary Western culture characterised by an individual eclectic approach to spiritual exploration. It has some attributes of a new, emerging religion but is currently a loose network of spiritual seekers, teachers, healers and other participants.

Most New Age activity may be characterized as a form of alternative spirituality. Even apparent exceptions (such as alternative health practices) often turn out to have some spiritual dimension (for example, the integration of mind, body, and spirit). "Alternative" here means, with respect to the dominant Western Judeo-Christian and scientific culture. It is no accident that most New Age ideas and practices seem to contain implicit critiques of organised mainstream Christianity. An emphasis on meditation suggests that simple prayer and faith is insufficient; belief in reincarnation (which not all New Age followers accept) challenges familiar Christian doctrines of the afterlife.

The name New Age was popularized by the American mass media during the late 1980s, to describe the alternative spiritual subculture interested in such things as meditationchannellingreincarnationcrystalspsychic experience, holistic healthenvironmentalism, and various “unsolved mysteries” such as UFOsEarth mysteries and Crop circlesWikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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