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Spiritual Revolution : Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality - Paul Heelas

Spiritual Revolution

Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality


Published: 14th January 2005
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Comparing existing evidence from the USA and Europe, with a UK-based study of religion and spirituality, this fascinating book addresses the most pressing question in the study of religion today: are new forms of spirituality overtaking traditional forms of religion? <br><li>Based on the detailed study of religion and spirituality in Kendal, UK <br><li>Compares pioneering findings from Kendal with existing evidence from the USA and Europe <br><li>Provides a theoretical perspective which explains both secularization and sacralization <br><li>Offers some startling predictions about the future of religion and spirituality in the west <br><li>Is written in an accessible and lively style, and will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in the future direction of belief in the western world. </li>

"This is an important book that should be read by anyone concernedwith the future of religion in this country. I say this for tworeasons: first, because it tells us new things about the nature ofreligious activity in Britain; and second, because the authorsoffer an interesting interpretation of their data, drawing frominnovative theoretical insights." Church Times

"It is clear that this book, with the distinctions itintroduces and its daring central thesis, is a major contributionto the current debate. The careful way in which the authors developtheir argument step by step, taking into account possibleobjections, is admirable." Journal of ContemporaryReligion

"Is Britain undergoing a seismic cultural shift with New Ageforms of spirituality set to overtake traditional Christianexpressions? That's the fundamental question explored in depth bytwo leading researchers into religious life in Britain today. Theirlandmark book ... sets out their findings with back-up evidencefrom studies worldwide. It raises key issues for all concerned forthe future of Christianity in Britain." The BaptistTimes

"Clearly, this book written by leading sociologists of religion, is a must for anyone interested in sociology, alternativespirituality and Christian studies, and will be made reference toin many forthcoming researches. I strongly recommend anyone with aninterest in this field of study to read the book as it highlightscurrent research findings as well as breaks new ground in sociologyof religion." Australian Religious Studies Review

"This book explores the significance for contemporary religionand spirituality of the subjective turn in modern culture. Tounderstand this, we need both careful empirical research andconstant reflection on our categories. Heelas and Woodhead supplyboth in generous measure." Charles Taylor, McGillUniversity

"This well-researched and cogently argued study offers achallenging diagnosis of the spiritual condition of present-dayBritain. It will be hotly debated by sociologists, theologians, andall those interested in the future of religion and spirituality."Hugh McLeod, University of Birmingham

"The Spiritual Revolution provides a much-needed surveyand theoretical synthesis of research on religious involvement, particularly in Great Britain and the United States ... Theresult is a much more nuanced and productive account of religiouschange than the usual secularization versus sacralizationapproach." Penny Marler, Samford University

"A book such as this, whose contributors understand the shadesof grey and are able to provide a critique of the religiousfanaticism and extremism (on all sides) that has given the rise toso much of the controversy surrounding The Passion, shouldbe essential reading in schools and universities everywhere."Chris Deacy, University of Kent

List of Plates.



1. Distinguishing Religion and Spirituality: Findings from Kendal.

2. Testing the Spiritual Revolution Claim in Kendal.

3. Evidence for a Spiritual Revolution: Britain and USA.

4. Bringing the Sacred to Life: Explaining Secularization and Sacralization.

5. Looking to the Future.




ISBN: 9781405119597
ISBN-10: 1405119594
Series: Religion in the Modern World
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 14th January 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1