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New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions) (Anglais) Broché – 20 novembre 1997

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Recent years have seen a spectacular rise of the New Age movement and an ever-increasing interest in its beliefs and manifestations. This fascinating work presents the first comprehensive analysis of New Age Religion and its historical backgrounds, thus providing a means of orientation in the bewildering variety of the movement. Making extensive use of primary sources, the author thematically analyses New Age beliefs from the perspective of the study of religions. While looking at the historical backgrounds of the movement, he convincingly argues that its foundations were laid by so-called western esoteric traditions during the Renaissance. Hanegraaff finally shows how the modern New Age movement emerged from the increasing secularization of those esoteric traditions during the nineteenth century.

Biographie de l'auteur

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is a Research Fellow at the Department for the Study of Religions at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He is coeditor of Gnosis and Hermeticism: From Antiquity to Modern Times, also published by SUNY Press.

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21 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Thorough and compelling research of new age religion 8 septembre 2005
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I have just finished reading this lengthy book after a month of heated night readings.

This one is really a milestone in the research of the new age phenomenon, as it is the first (and up until now the only) book to seriously and exhaustively research the variety of new age ideas, their inter-connectedness and their origins.

Haanegraaf doesn't leave the discussion on a sociological level, as other authors on the new age have frequently done. He isn't satisifed until he enters the core of every doctrine and theory and explains it thoroughly to the reader.

Haanegraaf covers an unusal amount of material over the 525 pages long primary text of the book. He presents ideas and comments about them briefly and concisely but also profoundly and always in an interesting and intelectually stimulating way.

The different observations and structures Haanegraaf presents in this work are bound to become a basis for future research of the new age phenomenon.

This is one of the best books i've read in a while, and a must for anyone interested in New Age.
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A must read! 22 juin 1999
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This book is a MUST READ for any student of religious studies. Its provides a consolidation and analysis of the new age literature. Extensive use of references and footnotes - you won't be disappointed...
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An epic exploration of New Age religion 19 octobre 2014
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What is the connection between New Age, Modern Yoga, and Eastern Mysticism? Were my yoga meditations based on New Age religion?

New Age Religion and Western Culture is a gold mine of well-argued research by religious studies scholar Wouter J. Hanegraaff. The 600 pages in this academic volume are packed with insights and information for religious scholars, meditators, and research-minded spiritual seekers who desire in-depth knowledge about the origins of esoteric and occult practices in Western societies.

Hanegraaff has distilled hundreds of best-selling New Age books, revealing the core beliefs and values of the Movement. During my reading, I marked-up dozens of passages, plastered it with post-its, and scribbled pages of notes into my journal. My reading inspired four posts to my blog. This book is epic in scope and covers the history, authors, and sources of New Age religion from medieval times through modern era. Though a fair account of history is included, this is more of a socio-religio exploration of the New Age religious heart and mind.

Random Quotes:

"What is the Universe trying to tell me?"
"The Universe", in this context, is regarded as a totally friendly, abundant, perfect, non-judgmental environment which enables all intelligent beings to learn their lessons in their own way and at their own pace".

"Magia naturalis is the knowledge and use of occult powers and properties that are considered "natural" because they are present in nature...This type of magic is hardly distinguishable from the tentative beginnings of modern science and often looked like a form of naturalism colored by atheism".

"The New Age movement uses 12 basic concepts: New Age, Paradigm, Wholeness, New Consciousness, Expansion of Consciousness, Self-realization, Spirituality, Androgyny, Network, Self-organization, Transformation, and Planetary Consciousness. Self-realization is the central concept around which the others revolve".

My favorite sections and topics:
- Esotericism between the Renaissance and Enlightenment
- The "Inner Church"
- Swedenborg, Anton Mesmer, and Modern Spiritualism
- Transcendentalists--Emerson and Hinduism
- Jung and German Romanticism

New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought is an epic work. Academics and students of the field will find this an invaluable reference book.
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