Desacralizing Salvation in Straight Edge Christianity and Holistic Spirituality

Ibrahim Abraham, Francis Stewart

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Abstract

Drawing on fieldwork in the punk scenes of the UK, USA and Australia, this article critically examines Christianity and holistic spirituality within punk’s Straight Edge subculture, a movement rejecting alcohol, drugs, and casual sex. Focusing on conceptualizations of salvation within Straight Edge Christianity and Straight Edge holistic spirituality, this article engages Heelas and Woodhead’s notion of the “subjectivization’”of contemporary religious identities to compare and contrast these forms of new religious practice. Straight Edge Christianity and Straight Edge holistic spirituality are shown to demonstrate the double movement of the ‘desacralization’ of religion in late modernity. Straight Edge Christianity illustrates the emergence of religion in traditionally secular cultural spaces, while Straight Edge holistic spirituality illustrates a movement away from the transcendent and supernatural, towards the location of salvation within wholly material concerns and therapeutic practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal for the Study of New Religions
Volume5
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)77–102
Number of pages26
ISSN2041-9511
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • 5143 Social anthropology

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Desacralizing Salvation in Straight Edge Christianity and Holistic Spirituality. / Abraham, Ibrahim; Stewart, Francis.

In: International Journal for the Study of New Religions, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2014, p. 77–102.

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