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Science and the sacred : new technologies within new religions : a reaction to secularization and a reinterpretation of myth

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Science and the sacred : new technologies within new religions : a reaction to secularization and a reinterpretation of myth

Helland, Christopher (1999) Science and the sacred : new technologies within new religions : a reaction to secularization and a reinterpretation of myth. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is a social historical examination of the use of science and technology within new religious belief systems. The emphasis is placed upon the incorporation of scientific method, scientific findings, scientific theory, scientific terminology, and technological components within the rhetoric and praxis of historical and contemporary new religions. The purpose of this study is to examine the social factors that have influenced the amalgamation between religion and science within these groups. Exploring both the secularization theory and the rise of scientific ideology as sources that instituted this combination, I will demonstrate that new religious movements incorporating science within the belief system are representing a direct reaction to these phenomena. By relying upon the work of theorists, combined with primary source material from three new religious movements, I hope to demonstrate that this appearance represents a current religious reaction to contemporary Western culture.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Religion
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Helland, Christopher
Pagination:vii, 158 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of Religion
Date:1999
Thesis Supervisor(s):Bird, Frederick Bruce
ID Code:806
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:14
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:16
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