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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My specific examination of contemporary beliefin astrology isthen intended toilluminate widercontemporary issuesconcerning thesupposed relationshipbetween 'traditional'and 'nontraditional' beliefs, adiscussion which canbeframed within ...
... given without reliable sources,they tend to berepeated as journalists base subsequent reportson eachother's work.13 There is, in fact, little in the wayof reliable information on astrology's place in contemporary British culture.
... usefor themselves, as opposed to thosewhich maybe allocated to them by academics or external critics.18 Yet the study of astrology's contemporary cultural status may shed light on the condition of modern society as a whole.
In particular, Iam interestedinthe problem oforigins,in thiscaseof the New Age movement andof contemporary astrology as a language of zodiacsigns, personalityand psychological potential. While the foundation ofmystudy is historical ...
68; Bryan Wilson, Contemporary Transformations of Religion (Oxford, 1979), p. 3. 20 DaleCairdand HenryG.Law, 'NonConventional Beliefs: Their Structure and Measurement', Journal fortheScientific Studyof Religion, 21/2 (1982), p. 152.
ما يقوله الناس - كتابة مراجعة
The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers