Burton, who received a doctorate in theology from Oxford University, is at work on a book about the rise of the religiously unaffiliated in America, to be published in November 2020 by Public Affairs. Her novel, “Social Creature,” was published in June 2018.
Getting in on — and tossed out of — the Satanist Temple joke
(RNS) — As more and more millennials identify with spiritual or philosophical movements outside the bounds of ‘traditional’ religions, how will these groups police their ideology while remaining inclusive?
How ‘joke religion’ turns deadly serious when the online alt-right comes to life
(RNS) — The nihilism of today’s alt-right is both a religion and a rejection of the transcendence that religion holds out as a balm.
Reinventing religion, millennials rewrite the rules of relationships
(RNS) — Creating bespoke religious traditions as they are, it makes sense that millennials would also create bespoke relationship models.
How the ‘Harry Potter’ books are replacing the Bible as millennials’ foundational text
(RNS) — Engagement with the Potter texts online brought millions to the World Wide Web, which in turn has indelibly shaped our approach to self and belief.
How psychics, suddenly everywhere, are healing the world
(RNS) — This year’s equivalent of ‘yoni’ eggs, psychics — pardon me, ‘intuitive healers’ — are more than the latest trend in wellness culture; they are redeeming human feeling as a basic truth.
The real reason div students need to hear Jordan Peterson’s canceled lectures
(RNS) — Peterson, who applies psychology to biblical studies, is as much a product of the ‘unmooring’ from Western values that he decries as he is a bulwark against it.
How fan fiction gave millennials power over their spirituality
(RNS) — The internet has transformed our consumption of texts — even sacred texts — into malleable pieces that can be reimagined, reinvented and owned in a new way.
From Theranos to 23andMe, putting our faith in data to figure out who we are
(RNS) — We’re not just sequencing our DNA, we’re discovering our new social identities and, just possibly, overcoming death.
When Lenten fasting is indistinguishable from a New Age cleanse
(RNS) — Modern Lent has come to have more in common with Dry January — the viral sensation encouraging New Year’s resolvers to give up alcohol for a month — than with its ecclesiastic antecedents.
SoulCycle, capitalism and the selling of self-care
(RNS) — At the heart of the SoulCycle faith is a value system of capitalist consumerism, which it imbues, through sweat, with a metaphysical significance.
Witchcraft becomes a political stance — and a booming business
(RNS) — Once a fringe spiritual practice, witchcraft has become a key, and increasingly popular, component of feminist political resistance.
Secular saints, folk saints and plain old celebrities
(RNS) — A Martin Luther King Jr., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Anna Nicole Smith may also carry many Americans’ desire for a radical reframing of our collective values.
The spirituality hiding in our self-help New Year’s resolutions
(RNS) — In the rhetoric of self-improvement, ridding ourselves of the old year’s bad energy is a matter of social, physical and emotional health. But the notion is loaded with spiritual significance.