The Odyssey of a New Religion

The Odyssey of a New Religion

The Holy Order of MANS From New Age to Orthodoxy
Phillip Charles Lucas
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/1/1995
Format: cloth 320 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-33612-5
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“. . . solid scholarship. . . . [It] will not only serve as a model for those studying the New Religious Movements of the late twentieth century, but will offer help to mainline and other religious institutions who are struggling with problems of identity and change in our complex society today.” —Church History

“. . . a thoroughly enjoyable book that would fit well into a graduate readings seminar on new religious movements. . . .The book deserves a wide reading.” —Nova Religio

“Lucas’s study provides a model of how best to combine the methodologies and analyses of the history of religions and sociology. He has provided the groundwork for continued tracking of developments in this new religious movement for comparative purposes.” —Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“ . . . a carefully researched and well-written history of one of the important new religious movements to appear in the United States during the 1960s . . . the volume can be heartily recommended to all students of American religion.” —American Historical Review

“Lucas has written one of the best informed studies of the evolution of a metaphysical cult into mainline eastern orthodoxy.” —The Reader’s Review

“This is an important book for libraries with holdings in American religion.” —Choice

“ . . . a fascinating narrative . . . a rich feast for the investigator of the subculture of esoteric religion . . . ” —American Studies International

“ . . . especially welcome. It offers an in-depth, meticulously documented history of a church, the Holy Order of MANS, that arose from the Christian esoteric mystery tradition and then metamorphosed into a traditionalist Orthodox Christian sect. This unlikely tale has more twists and turns than a whodunit . . . this volume is that rarest of finds: an academic book that is a delight to read.” —Gnosis Magazine

Traces the journey of a new religious movement from its start as a monastic-style New Age order to its transformation into the more conventional Christ the Savior Brotherhood, an Eastern Orthodox sect. A remarkable story of social and spiritual change in contemporary America.

Author Bio

PHILLIP CHARLES LUCAS teaches in the Department of Religion at Stetson University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein
Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Prologue to a Holy Order
2. The Building of a Planetary “Girdle of Light,” 1968-70
3. Consolidation and Christianization: The Order as a Christian Initiatory Community, 1971-72
4. A Crisis of Confidence: The Final Years of “Father Paul” and the Aftermath of His Death, 1973-78
5. A Traditionalist Ark of Safety: The Holy Order of MANS as Exemplary Community, 1978-84
6. Safe Moorage in Orthodoxy: Christ the Savior Brotherhood as the Restored “Catacomb” Church

Conclusion

Appendix A Historical Timeline of the Holy Order of MANS/Christ the Savior Brotherhood

Notes
Bibliography
Index