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 astronomer and TV presenter Brian Coxregards itas 'new age drivel' which, he claims dramatically, 'isundermining the very fabric of our civilization', and thegeneticist Steve Jones adds that 'It is drivel because it flies intheface ...
... bythe assumption thatit is overwhelmingly a matter ofbelief; astrology isclassified as aformof'belief' andstudents and practitioners of itare characterised as 'believers'. Atthis point, letmeturn to the question of previous studies.
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, ...
In Marxism, for example, the proletarian revolutionmaybe inevitable, but itisstill necessary to form a revolutionary vanguard to ensure that it happens. The New Age movement exhibits thesame paradox:while the dawningof NewAge ...
... adding that it'shines as a symbol of all the past, present, and future Spiritual Saviours who dispense light and dispel mental darkness'.12 'Thehistory of the world', she wrote, 'since its formation and to itsend “is writtenin the ...
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The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers