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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Looking at thecontext within which astrology thrives, Hess considers the New Age movement as a whole to be postmodern, although heoffers no explanation for this.40 Paul Heelas, meanwhile, considers theNew Age movement in its counter ...
Hess, Science in theNewAge: The Paranormal, its Defenders and Debunkers and American Culture (Madison WI, 1993), p. 6. 41 Paul Heelas, The New Age Movement (Oxford, 1996), pp. 23, 24, 138. Chapter 2 Cosmic Liberation:The Pursuit of the ...
We can then agree with Paul Heelas and Linda Woodhead that, farfrom passing away, itis deeply embedded inWestern culture: ithas not diedout buthas gone mainstream.16 The theosophical prophecy thata New Agewas aboutto begin required, ...
Following directly from the ideaof the inner divine is the implication that the individual is the highest authority. For Paul Heelas, oneof the first sociologists ofreligioninthe field, New Age beliefs.
Emanuel Swedenborg (New York, 1988); Paul Heelas, The New Age Movement (Oxford, 1996),p.17. 4See Clarke Garrett, 'Swedenborg andthe Mystical Enlightenment inLate EighteenthCentury England', Journal ofthe HistoryofIdeas,45 (1984),p. 69.
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The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
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