Religion Remixed

How a Catholic bishop and Jordan Peterson became fellow travelers

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 21, 2019

(RNS) — Peterson and his ‘new atavists’ share with their Catholic brethren a disillusionment with what they see as the feminization of contemporary, post-feminist, post-sexual-revolution America.

There’s more to wellness than looking pretty

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 14, 2019

(RNS) — Wellness culture is about more than beauty. It’s about something even more complicated: purity.

Can witches and consumer culture coexist?

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 4, 2019

(RNS) — As long as millennials adapt rituals and spells as a force for change, companies will hawk those rituals and spells to preserve the status quo.

Getting in on — and tossed out of — the Satanist Temple joke

By Tara Isabella Burton — May 24, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — May 14, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — May 2, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — April 25, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — April 11, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — April 2, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — March 22, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — March 13, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — February 28, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — February 21, 2019

(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

By Tara Isabella Burton — February 14, 2019

(RNS) — Once a fringe spiritual practice, witchcraft has become a key, and increasingly popular, component of feminist political resistance.

The evolution of sin

By Tara Isabella Burton — February 7, 2019

(RNS) — Virtue and vice have long been inextricably linked to self-control. But lately we’ve been asking, what’s it all for?

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