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Experience as a path towards supernatural beliefs: The role of occulture among younger generations
Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society, Religious Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7042-0877
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this presentation, I will address a glitch that has been largely overlooked in the study of religious cognition; namely cross-generational differences in the attribution of non-ordinary powers. Contemporary popular culture is permeated by magical and occult narratives, and Christopher Partridge argues that such ”occulture” has become ordinary among younger generations. While occult narratives may not be labelled as spiritual or religious, they yet appear to function as existential anchors in secularized contexts. Empirical examples are provided from a study on supernatural and parasocial relations among young adults on the autism spectrum, who are using the term ”supernatural” to make sense of anomalous experiences. Such experiences moreover seem to provide a path towards non-empirical beliefs in a sample that grew up highly secularized Sweden. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023.
Keywords [en]
religion, spirituality, autism, supernatural experience, occulture
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Religious Studies Psychology
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-47075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-47075DiVA, id: diva2:1802270
Conference
Religion and the Mind
Note

Keynote speech at Religion and the Mind-conference at Jagellonian University (Krakow/Poland).

Available from: 2023-10-04 Created: 2023-10-04 Last updated: 2023-10-05Bibliographically approved

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