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Sacred Narratives

New Age sacred narratives generally focus on forms of progressive millennialism, the hope to see a new and better future for the individual and society.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

New Agers generally believe in an impersonal deity that is present in all beings. Since each human being contains elements of god, New Age practitioners look to develop that divine spark and their awareness of it.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

The New Age tends to envision human beings as possessing elements of the divine within themselves. Further, it looks to development of this divine nature as a hallmark of religious practice.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

New Agers believe that the human mind creates it own reality, and that suffering and evil exist as illusions created by the mind. The law of karma determines how and when individuals experience suffering throughout their lives.

Afterlife and Salvation

New Agers accept the concept of reincarnation and believe that future rebirths allow the individual human soul to slowly develop itself toward a higher spiritual state.