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Edited by Carole Cusack and Alex Norman

The cultural products of new religions and spiritualities are frequently ignored or dismissed within academia, often stemming from a hesitation to acknowledge these movements as genuine. This volume explores the impact of new religions upon cultural production, exemplifying the theological and spiritual principles of particular movements and demonstrating their substantial impact on wider society. Contributions explore the realms of music, architecture, food, art, books, films, video games, and more. This scholarship will be of interest to those who wish to explore the gamut of modern religious expression, and those who wish to broaden their knowledge of the spiritual origins of human culture.

Indrek Peedu

proposed as to why this has become such a lively research topic. Among them, possibly, is an increasing awareness of the way “religion” both as a phenomenon of the world and as a research topic has been constructed during the past centuries, causing scholars to reflect more intensely on the methodological

Martin Lang and Radek Kundt

theories compatible across disciplines. The issue of encapsulated, mutually incompatible approaches in the study of complex cultural phenomena such as religion is even more pressing if we consider the methodological division between the natural sciences and the humanities (so called Methodenstreit

Niels Reeh

. Foucault , Michel ( 1970 ). The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences . London : Tavistock Publications . Freidenreich , David M. ( 2004 ). Comparisons compared: A methodological survey of comparisons of religion from “A Magic Dwells” to A Magic Still Dwells . Method & Theory

Markus Altena Davidsen

2000 ) resting on theological (Asad 1993 ) or esoteric (Sedgwick 2004 ) suppositions. New “theses of method” (Lincoln 1996 ) have been offered for a reformed and critical study of religion. Nevertheless, almost every methodological and conceptual weakness in the old religionist approaches is

Göran Larsson

blasphemy. However, I also want to show why it is difficult to pursue a methodologically and theoretically informed study of those who decide to leave a particular religious tradition, in this case Islam. As this outline will show, I do not claim to have a full picture of this topic, and moreover the

Jonathan R. Herman

. Nevertheless, I do welcome the opportunity to clarify some of the theoretical and methodological background that informed my work, to redress places where Melvær appears to have misread or miscast my positions, and to offer some suggestions as to what may really be most at stake in this now-public dispute

Jeppe Sinding Jensen

.’ (2001, 144) Supporting Smith I shall defend the possibility of translating, comparing, generalizing and working with models and categories that are of our own making—without this leading to circularity, scepticism and methodological solipsism. The theoretical object, the genus is ‘religion’—just as

Mike Grimshaw

architect and critic Adolf Loos. It is an inter-textual re-reading of Loos and critical readings of Loos, seeking to posit a developing Loosian theory as a possible new methodology for re-reading the tensions toward religion evidenced in modernity . This paper is a proposal for a new theory of religion in

Uffe Schjoedt

necessary technical and methodological knowledge to evaluate this fi eld’s limitations and potential. Th e article reviews six lines of research, with particular focus on issues of ecologi- cal validity, the use of contrast conditions, and theoretical grounding. Keywords neurotheology, Michael Persinger