International Journal for the Study of New Religions 2020-02-21T14:13:17+00:00 Fredrik Gregorius and Venetia Robertson Open Journal Systems <p>The term “New Religions” can be defined in several ways. The journal --&nbsp; and its affiliated association, the International Association for the Study of New Religions,<em> --</em>&nbsp;have chosen to adopt a broad definition and welcome material reflecting a broad range of disciplines and approaches.&nbsp;</p> Editors’ Introduction 2020-02-21T14:13:12+00:00 Venetia Robertson Fredrik Gregorius 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Traditionalism in Sweden 2020-02-21T14:13:12+00:00 Olav Hammer <p style="line-height: 115%; margin-bottom: 0pt;">Traditionalism involves the concept of a perennial philosophy, a central truth,underlying all major religions. Though little has been written about SwedishTraditionalism, consideration of the ideologies of figures such as Ivan Aguéli,Kurt Almqvist, and Tage Lindbom provides important insights into the developmentof this concept and its political connotations. Here, the influence offoundational Traditionalists René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon, Christianity,Sufism, and radical conservatism on the ideas of Aguéli, Almqvist, and Lindbomare explored.</p> 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Fully Human Being 2020-02-21T14:13:13+00:00 Jake Poller <p>In Island (1962), Aldous Huxley presents a utopian community in which theinhabitants aim to become "fully human beings" by realizing their "potentialities."I demonstrate how Huxley's notion of the "human potentialities" havebeen misrepresented, both by scholars and by the founders of the Esalen Institute.Huxley's focus on human potentialities arose from a shift in his thinkingfrom the other-worldly mysticism of The Perennial Philosophy (1945) to thelife-affirming traditions of Tantra, Zen and Mahayana Buddhism. In Island,the population attempt to realize their human potentialities and engage in anexperiential spirituality that celebrates the body and nature as sacred throughthe use of the moksha-medicine and the practice of maithuna. I argue thatwhereas Tantric adepts practised maithuna as a means to acquire supernormalpowers (siddhis), in Island the Palanese version of maithuna is quite differentand is used to valorize samsara and the acquisition of human potentialities.</p> 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Kabbalah Centre and Spirituality of the Self 2020-02-21T14:13:14+00:00 Nicole Bauer <p>The Kabbalah Centre is an international organization founded in the 1960sby Philip Berg in the USA. Initially founded as a group for the study ofOrthodox Judaism, through marketing strategies and de-traditionalisation,Kabbalah has been transformed, universalized, and presented as a series of"spiritual tools" for self-improvement by Berg and his successors. Throughthe Centre, religious seekers can adapt Kabbalistic elements to their personalspiritual journey, consume Kabbalistic products like Kabbalistic candles andincense or the Red String bracelets (The Kabbalah Centre, "The KabbalahOnline Store") and participate in Kabbalistic events, workshops, and seminarsonline ("Kabbalah University"). This article explores the ways in whichthe Centre aims to provide its members with a fully-equipped world of religiousexperiences, offering a form of consumable religion tailored to the selffocusedlifestyle of the postmodern seeker.</p> 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. “The Bridge” and the Veiling of Meaning 2020-02-21T14:13:14+00:00 Benjamin Fischer <p>This article examines the possible effects of the unique terminology of theChurch of Scientology on its members. It connects the concepts of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis with experimental data on the linguistic effects of differentword categories and applies them to oft-used terms within the Churchof Scientology. A thematic content analysis of an internal Scientology videoassesses the possible linguistic effects of the Scientological lexicon. The analysisis comprised of quantitative and qualitative elements. Unique words inthe video are cataloged by frequency and then tagged by one or more of sixword categories previously proven to have an associated linguistic effect, andthen qualitatively analyzed in regards to the categories' associated effects. Itwas concluded that key effects were exclusivity, complexity, and ambiguity,with terms veiling meaning, possibly causing an impression of Scientology asarcane and distant. Moreover, it was found that the ambiguity of terms andtheir sense of professionalism may cause Scientologists and non-Scientologistsalike to more easily place faith in the legitimacy of the concepts behindthe words. This shows that the kind of terminology used in Scientology orsimilar groups likely has an effect on perception and/or behavior, and maybetter inform Scientologists on the factors that influence their attitudes. Thepaper opens the gates for deeper studies into the discourse, behaviors, andnature of an enigmatic new religious movement.</p> 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Satanic Temple 2020-02-21T14:13:15+00:00 Manon Hedenborg White Fredrik Gregorius <p>This article explores the development and ideology of The Satanic Temple,against the background of current American politics. The Satanic Temple isa recent addition to the Satanic milieu, and is positioned here as a form of"rationalist" Satanism that draws on the figure of Satan as a symbol of rebellion.The discussion follows the emergence of The Satanic Temple and itsintroduction to the mainstream media around 2012, the influences of esoteric,feminist, and secularist ideas on the group, and its present manifestationas a politically engaged "occulture."</p> 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. <i>New Age in Norway</i>, edited by Ingvild Sælid Gilhus, Siv Ellen Kraft and James R. Lewis. 2017 2020-02-21T14:13:16+00:00 Karen Swartz <div><em>New Age in Norway</em>, edited by Ingvild Sælid Gilhus, Siv Ellen Kraft and</div> <div>James R. Lewis. 2017. Equinox Publishing. Hb. £75.00/$100.00, ISBN-13:</div> <div>9781781794166; Pb. £30.00 / $40.00, ISBN-13: 9781781794173; eBook</div> <div>£30.00 / $40.00, ISBN-13: 9781781795101.</div> 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. <i>Les Douze Tribus: La communaute messianique de Sus en France</i> by Bernadette Rigal-Cellard. Les Éditions l’Harmattan, 2019 2020-02-21T14:13:17+00:00 Susan J. Palmer <div><em>Les Douze Tribus: La communaute messianique de Sus en France</em> by Bernadette</div> <div>Rigal-Cellard. Les Éditions l’Harmattan, 2019. 126pp., Pb. 13.5€, ISBN-13:</div> <div>9782806636737; ePDF 9.99€, ISBN-13: 9782806651495.</div> 2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd.