Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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The Growth of Eastern Ideology in the West

Few aware of religion’s landscape within the western world would deny that Eastern, Asian philosophies, religions, doctrines, and dogmas typically are making a substantial impact within previously predominantly Christian, Western countries. There is likely a combination of several reasons for this, one of which would be expansion in communication technologies that have shrunken the globe into a global village. For example, New Age Spirituality, an amalgamation of Eastern religious practices and philosophies, is perhaps the major current religious movement, phenomenon, and representative of this spiritual trend. The New Age has captured the minds of many younger people who find enjoyment in the mysteries of spiritualism, the supernatural and the divine. The growth in interest for this is also because many are hungry to pursue spirituality beyond the confines of traditional religion (which in the West happens to be Christianity) in search for…

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