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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... Intheview ofmuch of the academic literature inthe area, astrology,usually, problematically, defined as the belief in the occult influence ofthe stars, isareligion, nothing more, nothingless. Acceptance of Introduction: A ...
occult influence ofthe stars, isareligion, nothing more, nothingless. Acceptance of astrology's claims is widespread and,according to Gallup poll data, about 25per centofthe adult populations of theUK,the USand France subscribe to it.
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?
Influenced by the Germanidealist philosopher George Friedrich Hegel (1770– 1831), whose theoriesof history,she argued,had 'their application in theteachings of Occult science', Blavatsky set out hertheory of cyclical history,in which ...
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