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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As Grace Davie has argued, 'by looking at the way that society reacts tonew religious movements and the controversy they generate, we can discover more aboutthat society itself'. And what if astrology is a religion?
Geoffrey Dean argued that astrology isuseful, iflacking any scientific basis, while Bridget Costello argued that astrology is indeed 'usefulin an everyday way', aspeople deal with the mundane realityof theirlives.25 Judy Pugh, ...
My argument is that the quest for meaning is a universal human attribute andthat in most, ifnot all, cultures,there is a predisposition to find meaning inthesky. To citethe French philosopher Bruno Latour, 'No one hasever heard of a ...
Itwas the nineteenthcentury anthropologist E.B. Tylor whoargued that human culture was subject to an inevitable progression inwhich primitive magic was succeeded in turn by polytheism, monotheism and atheism.39 Astrology, Tylor argued, ...
Nation will rise againstnation, and kingdomagainst kingdom; there will begreat earthquakes and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.1 It iswidely argued that the expectation of a coming New Age ...
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A Public Survey
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