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Carole Cusack

Popular Features. New Releases. Invented Religions : Imagination, Fiction and Faith. Description Utilizing contemporary scholarship on secularization, individualism, and consumer capitalism, this book explores religious movements founded in the West which are intentionally fictional: Discordianism, the Church of All Worlds, the Church of the SubGenius, and Jediism. Their continued appeal and success, principally in America but gaining wider audience through the s and s, is chiefly as a result of underground publishing and the internet.

This book deals with immensely popular subject matter: Jediism developed from George Lucas' Star Wars films; the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, founded by year-old student Bobby Henderson in as a protest against the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools; Discordianism and the Church of the SubGenius which retain strong followings and participation rates among college students. The Church of All Worlds' focus on Gaia theology and environmental issues makes it a popular focus of attention.

Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith

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Table of contents Contents: Introduction: imagination, fiction and faith; The contemporary context of invented religions; Discordianism: Chaos is a goddess; The Church of All Worlds: science fiction, environmentalism and a holistic pagan vision; The Church of the SubGenius: science fiction mythos, culture jamming, and the sacredness of slack; Third-millennium invented religions: Jediism, Matrixism and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster; Conclusion: imagination and faith revisited; Bibliography; Index.

Review quote 'Carole Cusack's Invented Religions is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative romp through six new religions about which most people - including scholars in the field - will know little. Solidly sociologically grounded, the author succeeds not only in uncovering a dynamic that distinguishes much contemporary Paganism from its more established competitors but also possibly the deliberate narrative spirit behind all religion itself.


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Seeking to broaden an understanding of religion that is commensurate to the twenty-first century, Cusack expands the prevailing Western model based on Christianity to one that concerns eclecticism, individualism, consumerism, secularization, environmentalism, sexual liberation, feminism and meaning per se and includes the possibility of parody, irreverence, anarchic humour and blatant fiction. She convincingly argues that religions of humor and parody created from science fiction narratives are worthy of our attention as quintessential religious movements of late capitalism.

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Pike, author of New Age and Neopagan Religions in America 'Cusack has provided us with a valuable resource to draw upon in further analysis of these new religions. It is suitable for a broad readership interested in popular culture and religion, new religious movements, and alternative religions.


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