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Invented Religions (Ashgate New Religions) New edition Edition

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'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. 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.' Michael York, Bath Spa University, UK 'Invented Religions is a refreshingly original and delightful book that throws new light on invented traditions, religious legitimacy, religious creativity, and the ludic dimensions of religion.' James Lewis, University of Tromso, Norway 'From followers of filmmaker George Lucas' Jedis to worshippers of Eris, the goddess of Discord, Cusack takes seriously the richly imagined worlds of contemporary invented religions. 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.' Sarah M. 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.' Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 'This engaging study brings to light the ways that facets of popular culture can metamorphose into belief systems with their own rituals and structures. It is suitable for a broad readership interested in popular culture and religion, new religious movements, and alternative religions. Summing Up: Recommended.' Choice 'Invented Religions is a valuable, stimulating, and delightful exploration of creative religious fabulations that have been too little discussed.' Journal of Religion '... Invented Religions is both an important contribution to the empirical study of the fuzzy border between religion and popular culture and an invitation for scholars to further theorise that border.' Literature & Aesthetics 'Invented Religions is nothing if not stimulating, even provocative, in its implications for established religion; what might be most interesting to scholars of religion who read this book is the suggestion that, although many of these invented religions were tongue-in-cheek creations, their founders found that 'it is possible to invent/join a movement knowing that it is not 'true' [only later to] discover, through experience, that it is true for you'.' Journal of Contemporary Religion 'Cusack's book is to be placed as a key piece of work in the academic task of advancing knowledge in this field. Her extensive and well-grounded research on these case studies is of high interest for anyone interested in the study of religion and/or popular culture.' Australian Religion Studies Review 'Cusack's Invented Religions is a self-confessed early study that covers many of the subjects and themes that will come under greater examination once we abandon the need for the weight of years, and is an excellent contribution to the discussion.' Fieldwork in Religion 'Carole M. Cusack's Invented Religions calls important attention to an area of modern religious innovation that scholars of religion have largely neglected, and even treated dismissively and diminutively, perhaps because it has proven difficult to categorize within well-established typologies... I think Cusack has contributed an important voice to the discussion, and I hope that scholars heed her call to broaden our understanding of what constitutes religion and is deemed worthy of scholarly attention.' International Journal for the Study of New Religions 'This book should be of interest to narrative scholars, scholars who study NRMs, and anyone interested in the panoply of spiritual options available to religious consumers. It could be useful in courses on contemporary spirituality and the creation of oppositional subcultures.' Journal of the American Academy of Religion '...this book promises to be a major influence on the direction of the next generation of religious studies scholarship.' Religion, 2014

About the Author

Carole M. Cusack is an Associate Professor of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ashgate New Religions
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate; New edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754667804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754667803
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,668,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N.E. Anthro. on May 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Very solid academic work here! Cusack investigates the fuzzy boundaries between religion and fiction, making a strong case for treating emerging and invented religions as legitimate, creative expressions of religious identity. Strongly recommended for those interested in religion in America, religion and modernity, and the social dimensions of genres.

(I use it in an upper level undergraduate course--it's challenging, but they were able to handle it.)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JackOfShadows on June 4, 2015
Format: Hardcover
All religions are 'invented' religions! Merely because a religion was invented in the last 100 years, what makes it less viable than one invented 200 years ago (Mormon), 1600 years ago? (Islam).
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wilcox on December 15, 2013
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I wanted to review this book but at $69 I can only assume it is a vanity publication. By my calculations a 42% reduction in the price will increase sales by 64%. At $2.70 per page, I hope there is some gold in there somewhere. I gave it 2 stars only because of the price and I haven't actually read it. I will wait to purchase it until there is a used version available or the price drops considerably.
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3 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Caiden on November 8, 2011
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The author of this book seems to assume that Discordianism is a fictional religion. That implies illegitimacy and belittles those of us who practice it. I was insulted and disgusted.
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