Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 179 pages
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Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esoteric Traditions is a concise overview, from antiquity to the present, of all the major Western religious esoteric movements. Topics covered include alchemy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and many more. Magic and Mysticism is ideal for students of Mysticism and New Religious Movements, as well as for general readers of Metaphysics and Esoterica.
 

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I really disagree with the review below. Academic scholarship is not a bad thing at all. This book covers a lot, so it can not go deep into the people or movements it mentions. However, it does provide some commentary in most places, and has a list of books in the bibliography for further research. This book is good to start with. 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Antiquity
11
Late Antiquity Hermetism Gnosticism Jewish Mysticism and Christian Gnosis
23
The Medieval Era
45
The Renaissance
75
Early Modern Esoteric Currents
85
Modern Christian Theosophy
107
Western Esotericism Today
135
Conclusion
165
Index
173
About the Author
179
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\Arthur Versluis is the founder and president of the Association for the Study of Esotericism and editor of the journal Esoterica. He is the author of many books and is a professor of writing, rhetoric, and American cultures at Michigan State University.

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