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Fiction, Invention and Hyper-reality - 
      Carole M. Cusack
    
      Pavol Kosnáč

Fiction, Invention and Hyper-reality

From popular culture to religion

Carole M. Cusack (Redaktør) ; Pavol Kosnáč (Redaktør)

The twentieth century was a period of rapid change for religion. Secularisation resulted in a dramatic fall in church attendance in the West, and the 1950s and 1960s saw the introduction of new religions including the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the Church of Scientology, and the Children of God. Les mer
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The twentieth century was a period of rapid change for religion. Secularisation resulted in a dramatic fall in church attendance in the West, and the 1950s and 1960s saw the introduction of new religions including the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the Church of Scientology, and the Children of God. New religions were regarded with suspicion by society in general and Religious Studies scholars alike until the 1990s, when the emergence of a second generation of 'new new' religions - based on popular cultural forms including films, novels, computer games and comic books - and highly individualistic spiritualities confirmed the utter transformation of the religio-spiritual landscape. Indeed, Scientology and ISKCON appeared almost traditional and conservative when compared to the radically de-institutionalised, eclectic, parodic, fun-loving and experimental fiction-based, invented and hyper-real religions.


In this book, scholarly treatments of cutting-edge religious and spiritual trends are brought into conversation with contributions by representatives of Dudeism, the Church of All Worlds, the Temple of the Jedi Order and Tolkien spirituality groups. This book will simultaneously entertain, shock, challenge and delight scholars of religious studies, as well as those with a wider interest in new religious movements.
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Forlag: Routledge
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 300
ISBN: 9781138386044
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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"This book’s goal is to serve as an introductory text on a variety of new religions and spiritualities, their worldview, and the complexity of their ongoing fight for legitimacy. The contributors to Fiction, Invention and Hyper-reality successfully demonstrate that these “phenomena have real life consequences.”"

- Tarryl Janik, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

"This volume takes readers on a truly marvelous journey. Insightful and a pleasure to read."

- Lukas Pokorny, University of Vienna, Religious Studies Review

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Introduction: Fiction, Invention, and Hyper-reality in New Religions and Spiritialities


Carole M. Cusack and Pavol Kosnac





Tolkien's Legendarium, the Elven Lineage, and the Internet





1. The Elven Path and the Silver Ship of the Valar: Two Spiritual Groups Based on J. R. R. Tolkien's Legendarium


Markus Davidsen






Tie eldalieva
Reverend Michaele Alyras de Cygne and Calantirniel





Ilsalunte Valion


Gwineth





2. Spirituality and Self-Realisation as 'Other-Than-Human': The Otherkin and Therianthropy Communities


Carole M. Cusack





3. Salvation and Animation: Religion, Fandom, and Identity in the Romantic Narratives of Mystics and Soulbonders


Venetia Laura Delano Robertson





4. The Development of Spirituality in the Brony Community


Pavol Kosnac





Film and Television as Sacred Texts





5. Spirituality Struck: Anime and Religio-Spiritual Devotional Practices


Katharine Buljan





6. Jediism and the Temple of the Jedi Order


The Temple of the Jedi Order





7. Virtual Knights and Synthetic Realms: Jediism in Second Life


Helen Farley





8. A Brief History of Dudeism


Oliver Benjamin





9. Diego Maradona and the Psychodynamics of Football Fandom in International Cinema


Marcus Free





Online Mediation of Invented, Fiction-Based, and Hyper-real Religions





10. "Discordians Stick Apart": The Institutional Turn Within Contemporary Discordianism


J. Christian Greer





11. SubGenius vs The Conspiracy: Playfulness and Sincerity in Invented Religions


David G. Robertson





12. Kopimism and Media Devotion: Piracy, Activism, Art, and Critique as Religious Practice


Danielle L. Kirby and Elisha H. McIntyre





13. Beyond Belief: Revival in Virtual Worlds


William Sims Bainbridge





Countercultural Personal Spiritualities and Religions





14. African-American Ufology in the Music and Mythos of Sun Ra


Johanna J. M. Petsche





15. The Church of All Worlds


Oberon Zell





16. An Implicit Hyper-real Religion: Real-Life Superheroes


Adam Possamai and Vladislav Iouchkov
Carole M. Cusack is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. She trained as a medievalist and her PhD was published as Conversion among the Germanic Peoples (1998). She now specialises in contemporary religious trends (pilgrimage and tourism, modern Pagan religions, NRMs, and religion and popular culture). Her books include Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith (2010), The Sacred Tree: Ancient and Medieval Manifestations (2011) and (with Katharine Buljan) Anime, Religion, and Spirituality: Profane and Sacred Worlds in Contemporary Japan (2014). She has published widely in edited volumes and journals, and is the editor (with Christopher Hartney) of Religion and Retributive Logic: Essays in Honour of Garry W. Trompf (2010) and (with Alex Norman) of Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production (2012).





Pavol Kosnáč is an independent scholar based in Bratislava, Slovakia. He has studied Religious Studies at Comenius University, where he obtained his BA and MA, and political philosophy, jurisprudence and European culture at the Collegium of Anton Neuwirt (both in Bratislava). Afterwards he moved to England to continue his studies at the University of Oxford, completing an MSt in Study of Religion. He held a six-month placement at INFORM in London, then travelled extensively working as a freelance analyst for British, Slovak and Asian think-tanks. He plans to start a PhD next year. His academic background is mostly in sociology of religion, history of Christianity and Islam, and the study of new religious movements. He is interested especially in new and alternative religiosity, non-religiosity, the contemporary religious situation in Europe, and overlaps between religion, violence and war.