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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For example, inAugust 2003, Robert Matthews, science correspondence ofThe Sunday Telegraph,wrotethat Astrologyhasgrownto be a huge worldwide business...It seems thatno sectorofsociety is immune toitsattraction.
... ignorance or religious error,compared tojust a few examples of general surveysby sympathetic writers.16 There is ... for example,why more people believe thatthey have experienced precognition than OBE [outofthebody experience] ...
Svenson andWhite, for example,looked atthe contentof horoscope columnsand Michael Dambrun exploredprejudice amongst astrologers.23 There is, though,little consensus amongst current academic work.Inhis literature review of2005,Ivan Kelly ...
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, ...
12 'Supernatural Investigator: It's in the Stars', Sorcery Films 2009. 13See,for example,Beth Hale, 'Isastrology bunk?', Daily Mail, 18 August 2003. 14See,for example, Gordon Lynch, Understanding Theology and Popular Culture (Oxford,