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Christians And New Age

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Christian influence on proto-New Age continued to run parallel alongside the two later phases of Christian interaction with New Age proper. A small number of professing Christians have continued consciously to explore New Age spiritualities to enrich their own tradition. Such ‘New Age Christians’ or ‘Christian New Agers’ may, for example, utilise in their Christian life Celtic artefacts, Buddhist meditation or creative visualisation. This chapter describes these three historical phases of Christian interaction with New Age, as well as the Christaquarians, before presenting a cursory review of the relevant academic literature, a brief discussion of difficulties in undertaking fieldwork and conceptualising its findings, and suggestions for future research in the area. Early positive Christian interaction with proto-New Age continued among a minority when proto-New Age became understood as the New Age Movement, and continues today in post-Christendom New Age culture.

Keywords: Christaquarians; Christians; New Age Movement; post-Christendom



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