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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Itmay be considered, depending on the definition of allthese words, to bemagic, divination,a psychological tool, areligion, anart ora science;itmay be a matterof studying thesupposed relationships between celestial and terrestrial ...
... adiscussion which canbeframed within thecontextof debates on the place ofreligion and 'secularisation' in the modern world. AsI am concerned with thenumbers of people who believe in astrology aswell as withthenatureof that belief, ...
... prominent position inthecontemporary popular culture of themodern Westis apparent fromtheubiquitous presence of thehoroscope columninprint and, in thelast decade, onthe web.What isatissue, though, is astrology's character.
... whilethere are ahandful of sociologicalstudies which attempt to describe and quantifybelief in astrology.15 Most critiquesof astrology tendto concentrate on the veracity of astrology's claims and assume an a priori hostile position ...
... 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.
ما يقوله الناس - كتابة مراجعة
The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers