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Controversial New Religions$
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James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019515682X.001.0001

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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

A Qualitative Look at the Ethos of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness

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(p.331) 15 Heart and Soul
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Controversial New Religions
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Diana G. Tumminia (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019515682X.003.0015

This essay explores the cultural ethos and uses of meaning in the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA), a relatively new religion that displays a syncretistic postmodern assortment of religious traditions and spiritual innovation: Christianity, Sant Mat practices, and typical esoteric pursuits found in New Age groups. The controversial side of MSIA lies in its awkward relations with the wider society; as such, the analysis provides an insider’s portrait and outsider’s assessment of what is unproductively labeled a “cult”.

Keywords:   Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, cult, Sant Mat, Christianity, New Age

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