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 evidence of opinionpolls suggests that public interest in astrologyis similar in, say, Germany and France, tothe UK and theUS, while the network of organised astrologers managesto cross national boundaries, in spite of the language ...
... he claims dramatically, 'isundermining the very fabric of our civilization', and thegeneticist Steve Jones adds that 'It is drivel because it flies intheface offour centuries of evidence, from Galileoto the latest space probe'.10 ...
This may seem obvious, but itis surprising how often statements about astrology's natureare madewithout any evidence from either practitioners or users. TouseNinian Smart's adaptation ofHusserl's phrase,Iam concerned with the ...
... evidence base and context in the history ofideas. My concernsare partly historical.In particular, Iam interestedinthe problem oforigins,in thiscaseof the New Age movement andof contemporary astrology as a language of zodiacsigns, ...
Glickand Snyder noted that 'belief in astrology ... remains as prevalent today asever, despitethe lackof scientific evidence for such beliefs'.37 A typical view was expressed by John Silber, President ofBoston University.
ما يقوله الناس - كتابة مراجعة
The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers