Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

6 Demise of the Teen Witch Fad

Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members - James R. Lewis

James R. Lewis [+-]
Wuhan University
James R. Lewis is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University. He is well-published in the field of new religious movements. His publications and edited volumes include The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Controversial New Religions (with Jesper Petersen), Scientology, Children of Jesus and Mary (with Nicholas Levine), and, most recently, Violence and New Religious Movements.

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Paganism’s rapid growth was big news during the first decade of the new millennium. At the time, I wrote a piece on the “Pagan Explosion” that examined this growth through the lens of census data. By the end of the decade, however, it was clear that this rapid expansion had fallen off, and the movement appeared to have returned to something approaching a normal pattern of growth. What actually happened was that shortly after the turn of the millennium, the Teen Witch fad temporary inflated total numbers of self-identified Pagans. After the fad ended, explosive growth also ended. In this chapter, I analyze what transpired via a juxtaposition of survey data and more recent census data.

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Lewis, James. 6 Demise of the Teen Witch Fad. Sects & Stats - Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 99-109 Nov 2014. ISBN 9781781791080. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24749. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24749. Nov 2014

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