New Age Fiction
New Age describes a broad movement of
late twentieth century and contemporary
characterised by an individual eclectic approach to
exploration. It has some attributes of a new, emerging religion
but is currently a loose network of spiritual seekers, teachers,
healers and other participants.
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
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
various “unsolved mysteries” such as
Earth mysteries and
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