Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West: Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 01/09/2012 - 224 من الصفحات
This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west. Locating modern astrology historically and sociologically in its religious, New Age and millenarian contexts, Nicholas Campion considers astrology's relation to modernity and draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with leading modern astrologers to present an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the origins and nature of New Age ideology.
This book challenges the notion that astrology is either 'marginal' or a feature of postmodernism. Concluding that astrology is more popular than the usual figures suggest, Campion argues that modern astrology is largely shaped by New Age thought, influenced by the European Millenarian tradition, that it can be seen as an heir to classical Gnosticism and is part of the vernacular religion of the modern west.
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... the recent history and present status of esotericideas, occult practices and alternative spiritualities, thatpotent cultural matrix which alarms evangelical Christians, disturbs sceptical scientists andperplexes many sociologists.
Secondly, if astrology is aNewAge discipline, should it beseen asarival to mainstream Christianity, as somany Christian apologists insist?Thirdly, if astrology isindeed a rivalto Christianity, can quantification ofbeliefin it indicate ...
For example,if astrology isclassified as a form of divination it tendsto be morecontroversial in a Christian context, but often lessso to some scientific sceptics on the grounds thatit doesnot make scientific claims. On the other hand, ...
SeetheOfficeforNational Statistics, <http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?ID=6>, accessed 5 November 2009. Forchurch attendance seePeter Brierly (ed.), UK Christian Handbook: Religious Trends no.3, 2002/3 (London, 2001), p. 2.23.
For Christian critiques see Peter Anderson, Satan's Snare: TheInfluence ofthe Occult (Welwyn, 1988), and RobertA. Morey, Horoscopes and theChristian: Does Astrology Accurately Predictthe Future? IsitCompatible with Christianity?
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The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers