What is it about Mormonism? It's political challenges — and Mitt Romney’s, too — run deeper than theology. Do evangelicals have a future? Leaders see cultural captivity choking out the gospel. Pentecostalism for the exurbs: Joel Osteen's God really wants you to dress well, stand up straight, and get a convenient parking space. At Pathways United, Christian traditions mix with Hindu music and teachings from the self-help shelf; it’s a seductive mix for those scared off long ago by rigid dogma — of course, the approach has its critics. Faith without borders: For Perennialists, all religions lead to God. Where “California” bubbled up: Esalen, birthplace of the New Age, is a victim of its own success. Chateau Scientology: The New Yorker goes inside the Church’s Celebrity Centre.

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