The Odyssey of a New Religion

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

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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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  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 164.6 x 239.3 x 23.4mm | 635.04g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, INUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253336120
  • 9780253336125

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About Phillip Lucas

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

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