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A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s

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A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s

This free course, A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s looks at the ‘crisis’ of traditional religion in the Sixties in the Western world. It explores the process of religious renewal, looking at the development of Wicca, the prototypical form of modern Paganism. Originally presented as a Goddess religion of great antiquity, which had survived the Roman invasion and Church persecution, Wicca is in fact best seen as a new religion, clearly belonging to an age in which sexual norms, gender roles and traditional power structures were changing. It questions to what degree we can view religious change in the 1960s as spiritual revolution.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutions63. and is part of a set of four OpenLearn courses, covering Revolutions of the Sixties.


Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • consider the complexities involved in the study of religious change in the Sixties
  • reflect on the possible different meanings of 'religion' and 'spirituality', how this might relate to cultural shifts, and the significance of a 'spiritual revolution' for contemporary religion
  • engage with media as primary sources.

First Published: 22/10/2020

Updated: 22/10/2020

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