New Age in Norway - Ingvild Sælid Gilhus

New Age in Norway - Ingvild Sælid Gilhus

New Age and Norwegian ’Conspirituality’

New Age in Norway - Ingvild Sælid Gilhus

Asbjørn Dyrendal [+-]
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Asbjørn Dyrendal is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is the co-editor of the International Journal for the Study of New Religions.

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During the early 2000’s, Charlotte Ward and David Voas recently argued, a surprising phenomeon occured: the fusion of New Age spirituality and conspiracy culture. Contrary to Ward and Voas, this paper takes as its starting point that esoteric discourses on secrecy and concealment have always also encompassed the attribution of both to hidden actors for evil, fulfilling a function of theodicy. But during the period in question, we see the rise (and partial fall) of a scene within the New Age milieu where conspiracy discourses took center stage. The international phenomenon was, for a time, also prominent in Norway. In this paper, I argue that a highly ‘conspiritual phase’ in Norwegian New Age should be read as related to heightened millennial expectations, taking the Norwegian group blog Nyhetsspeilet as the primary material.

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Dyrendal, Asbjørn. New Age and Norwegian ’Conspirituality’. New Age in Norway. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 157-179 Mar 2017. ISBN 9781781794173. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28884. Date accessed: 27 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28884. Mar 2017

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