Angel Awakenings

Robert Wuthnow

in After Heaven

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780520213968
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924444 | DOI:
Angel Awakenings

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This chapter considers experiences of mystery and miracle. It states that miraculous experiences help reassure people that there is more to life than meets the eye, and presents several examples of people who believe they have experienced some form of divine revelation. It some data on the number of Americans who believe in angels and who believe that they have had some form of divine encounter. It explains why Americans are drawn to the miraculous, and notes that religious organizations are less in control of spirituality. It shows how interest in miracles and other supernatural phenomena can be merged with the highly advanced scientific knowledge that is also characteristic of American culture. Finally, this chapter studies the interplay between spirituality and secularity.

Keywords: miraculous experiences; divine revelation; angels; divine encounter; supernatural phenomena; secularity

Chapter.  12478 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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