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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Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement Dr Nicholas Campion. and while there are variations in religious attitudes, asone would expect, certain features appear constant: whether in London or Seattle, Oslo or Belgrade, ...
Having dealt with the problem of the extentof beliefin astrology which, aswe shall see,isa somewhat complex ... Firstly, isita New Age discipline and, ifso,whatis itsrelationship withthe Western millenarian andapocalyptic tradition?
Those attemptsto relate religion to popular culturewhich have been published actually encourage theologians tostudy popular culture,rather than subject religionto the rigoursofcultural analysis.14 When wecome to the sociology ofreligion ...
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 ...
Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement Dr Nicholas Campion. ignored.22 Aside from those writers who were concerned with testing astrology'sclaims, only a few approached anything usefulfrom a sociological pointof view.