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 recent history and present status of esotericideas, occult practices and alternative spiritualities, thatpotent cultural matrix which alarms evangelical Christians, disturbs sceptical scientists andperplexes many sociologists.
Itis engagedin apolemical struggle with religious conservatives and scientific sceptics, the roots of which canbetraced back aroundtwo thousandyears tothedual foundationsof Christianityand classical scepticism. The sceptics,in the early ...
... but never entirely accepted bytheological and sceptical opponents. Thisdistinction isessential for understanding astrology's sometimes contradictory position intheWest, especially denunciations ofit,which invariably referredto the ...
... who was profoundly sceptical of theAge of Aquarius, wrotethat'its only virtue isthatit encourages us tolookon thefuture, despiterebuffs, as something forwhich we must continue to doourbest'.46 9. The preparation.
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