Frist published in 1999, this book provides an overview of various non-conventional notions of what is sacred, currently held among European young people. It analyses the growing estrangement between traditional religious doctrines and current beliefs among young people in the following countries: France, Austria, Holland, England, Germany, Poland, Russia and Iceland. Using fist-hand statistical support and a well-established theoretical approach, the book examines new religious movements and sects, analysing and interpreting the reasons for their growth and spread among young people. The distinctive features of the book are its investigation of diverse religious phenomena and its verification of whether this spread of ‘alternative ‘religiosity is due to the reluctance of a growing section of the European population to accept traditional religious beliefs. The result of eight separate empirical surveys, the book is original in its content and innovative in its theoretical approach. Overall, it provides a detailed and documented analysis of the increasing number of young Europeans now attracted by ‘alternative’ religions.
Table of Contents
1. The New Religious Paradigms and European Youth, Yves Lambert. 2. The New Perspective of Youth: Religion in Europe Towards the End of the Millennium, Lugigio Tomasi. 3. New Age: Re-Enchantment of the World? Franz Hollinger. 4. The Abstract Image of God: The Case of Dutch Youth, Jacques Jannsen. 5. New Religious Movements and Youth Culture in Great Britain, Michael York. 6. Ecstasy as ‘This Worldly Path to Salvation’: The Techno Youth Scene as a Proto-Religious Collective, Michael Corsten. 7. New Religious Phenomena in Eastern Europe, Tadeusz Doktor. 8. Alternative Creeds Among Russian Youth, Mikhail F. Chernysh. 9. Pagus et Urbanus in Iceland: Conjunctions and Disjunctions in Neo-Pagan Religion, William H. Swatos, Jr. and Loftur Reimar Gissurarson.