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From Angels to AliensTeenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural$
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Lynn Schofield Clark

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300239.001.0001

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The Dark Side of Evangelicalism and the Religion of the Possible

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From Angels to Aliens

Lynn Schofield Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the influence of the supernatural and paranormal on the religious beliefs and practices of American teenagers. It discusses the proposed theory called “the religion of the possible” and considers the role of the media in religious change and in the context of religious pluralism. It suggests that media education and media literacy should train teenagers to recognize the distinctions between reality and fantasy.

Keywords:   supernatural, paranormal, religious beliefs, religious practices, American teenagers, religious pluralism, media education, media literacy

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