New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought

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SUNY Press, Nov 20, 1997 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 580 pages
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Recent years have seen a spectacular rise of the New Age movement and an ever-increasing interest in its beliefs and manifestations. This fascinating work presents the first comprehensive analysis of New Age Religion and its historical backgrounds, thus providing a means of orientation in the bewildering variety of the movement. Making extensive use of primary sources, the author thematically analyses New Age beliefs from the perspective of the study of religions. While looking at the historical backgrounds of the movement, he convincingly argues that its foundations were laid by so-called western esoteric traditions during the Renaissance. Hanegraaff finally shows how the modern New Age movement emerged from the increasing secularization of those esoteric traditions during the nineteenth century.
  

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Contents

Introduction l
1
Part
20
Chapter two Healing and Personal Growth
42
Shakti Gawain Sanaya Roman Henry ReedEdgar Cayce Jean
55
Chapter three New Age Science
62
gogine Erich Jantsch Rupert Sheldrake Fritjof Capra Ken Wilber
70
Chapter four Neopaganism
77
Starhawk Zsuzsanna Budapest Marian Green Caitlin
89
The Positive
296
Chapter eleven Visions of the Past
302
Chapter twelve The New Age
331
The Shift from Old to New
344
Chapter thirteen Towards a Historical Perspective on New Age Reli
365
Chapter fourteen A Historical Framework
384
A Clash of Worldviews
406
Chapter fifteen The Mirror of Secular Thought
411

Part
99
Chapter six The Nature of Reality
113
The Wilber Controversy
176
Chapter seven MetaEmpirical and Human Beings
182
Chapter eight Matters of the Mind
203
Space
246
Chapter nine Death and Survival
256
Chapter ten Good and Evil
276
Emanuel SwedenborgFranz Anton MesmerModern Spiri
421
of the Psyche
494
The New Age Movement and
514
New Age as Culture CriticismNew Age as Secularized Esotericism
521
Bibliography
531
Index of Subjects
559
Index of Names
571
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About the author (1997)

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is a Research Fellow at the Department for the Study of Religions at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He is coeditor of Gnosis and Hermeticism: From Antiquity to Modern Times, also published by SUNY Press.

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