Evolution seems to be driven by type-different autopoietic systems, sometimes competitive, sometimes symbiotic, sometimes in synergetic resonance, then in dissonance with each other. One thing to consider is if the relationship was ever different than it is now. New Age and Neopagan Religions in America. Portal Category. The New Age phenomenon has proved difficult to define,  with much scholarly disagreement as to its scope. Descriptions note aspects of defined things that are often but not always true. The volumes in the series that relate directly to material in this essay, in historical order, are:
Judging from these articles, and other work with chaplains, there is a legitimate concern for qualitative and ethnographic research to balance quantitatively oriented research tools and designs.
Lewis observed that, despite the common caricature of New Agers as narcissistic, "significant numbers" of them were "trying to make the planet a better place on which to live,"  and scholar J. Chryssides, George D. Hobson, Gary, ed. See Colm Luibheid and Paul Rorem, trans.
Millions of Americans and others visit healing shrines in the Americas and Europeand there is a large literature on pilgrimage in the social scientific study of religion and among religion scholars.