Spirituality: The emergence of a new cultural category and its challenge to the religious and the secular

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Abstract

The present article examines spirituality as an emergent new cultural category that challenges the binary opposition of the religious and secular realms of life. The article probes the cultural significance of the popular phrase spiritual, but not religious and examines the emergence of New Age spirituality within the framework of late capitalism and postmodern culture. It offers a new perspective on the debate of the secularization theory and re-examines the notions upon which this debate hinges. The article also examines the assessment of New Age spirituality as disguised neo-liberal ideology and proposes that the disparaging condemnations of contemporary spirituality can be seen as a response to its challenge to the entrenched notion that the religious and the secular are universal distinct categories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-60
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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