Healing in the spiritual marketplace : consumers, courses, and credentialism

Bowman, Marion (2004). Healing in the spiritual marketplace : consumers, courses, and credentialism. In: Lewis, James R ed. The Encyclopedic Sourcebook of New Age Religions. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, pp. 339–348.

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Abstract

One striking feature of late 20th-century spirituality is the perception of the need for healing. It seems that for many people nowadays, healing is the new soteriology, and instead of asking ‘what can I do to be saved?’ or ‘what can I do to save the world?’ increasingly many people are asking ‘what can I do to be healed?’ or ‘how can I heal the world?’.

In this paper some of the trends contributing to the present focus on healing and the place of healing in the spiritual marketplace are explored, before an examination of the industry that is emerging in Britain as a result of this need for healing, as well as some of the spiritual and financial ideas underpinning it.

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