The Odyssey of a New Religion: The Holy Order of MANS from New Age to Orthodoxy

The Odyssey of a New Religion: The Holy Order of MANS from New Age to Orthodoxy

Hardback Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion (Hardcover)

By (author) Phillip Lucas


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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 239mm x 23mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253336120
  • ISBN 13: 9780253336125
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a profusion of new religious groups emerged that questioned long-held social and religious conventions. This book traces the journey of one such movement, the Holy Order of MANS, from its beginnings as a monastic-style New Age group whose mission was to prepare humanity for an imminent "Golden Dawn" of the spirit, to its transformation into Christ the Savior Brotherhood, an Eastern Orthodox sect. Lucas presents a well-documented account of the beliefs and ritual life of the group and explains why they changed so radically. He describes the role that cultural dislocations and socio-political stresses played in the genesis of the movement and weighs the cultural significance of religious communities and how they can serve as laboratories of social and spiritual change.

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Author information

PHILLIP CHARLES LUCAS teaches in the Department of Religion at Stetson University.

Table of contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Prologue to a Holy Order 2. The Building of a Planetary oGirdle of Light,O 1968-70 3. Consolidation and Christianization: The Order as a Christian Initiatory Community, 1971-72 4. A Crisis of Confidence: The Final Years of oFather PaulO and the Aftermath of His Death, 1973-78 5. A Traditionalist Ark of Safety: The Holy Order of MANS as Exemplary Community, 1978-84 6. Safe Moorage in Orthodoxy: Christ the Savior Brotherhood as the Restored oCatacombO Church Conclusion Appendix A Historical Timeline of the Holy Order of MANS/Christ the Savior Brotherhood Notes Bibliography Index