The New Age: The History of a Movement

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Thames & Hudson, Incorporated, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 223 pages
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'The New Age - Searching for the Spiritual Self' offers a coherent response to this question and provides an accessible overview of the principal themes that unite New Age followers into a distinct spiritual movement in the world today. Nevill Drury explores the origins and precursors of the New Age movement, its consolidation within the counterculture of the late 1960s, and its development into an international spiritual perspective in contemporary Western society. He considers the influence on the New Age of metaphysicians such as Emanuel Swedenborg, Mesmer, Madame Blavatsky and Gurdjieff; pioneering thinkers like Freud, Jung and William James; and the contribution to New Age thought of Indian spiritual traditions and transpersonal psychology. He also describes the way in which the New Age paradigm has absorbed the discoveries of quantum physics and consciousness research, and explores the New Age focus on personal spiritual experience rather than formal religious doctrines.

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Nevill Drury, PhD, is an independent historical researcher. Drury holds a doctorate from the School of Humanities, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

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