New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought

New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought Description:

S U N Y Series in Western Esoteric Traditions br br 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

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed

Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed Description:

Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and prejudice This accessible guide provides readers with the basic knowledge and tools that will allow them to find their way in this bewildering but fascinating field br br What is it that unites phenomena as diverse as ancient gnosticism and hermetism the occult sciences of astrology alchemy and magic rosicrucianism as well as Christian theosophy occultism spiritualism and the contemporary New Age spiritualities What can the study of them teach us about our common cultural and intellectual heritage and what is it that makes them relevant to contemporary concerns How do we distinguish reliable historical knowledge from legends and fictions about esoteric traditions These and many other questions are answered clearly and succinctly so that the reader can find his way into the labyrinth of Western esotericism and out of it again

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture

Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture Description:

Academics tend to look on esoteric occult or magical beliefs with contempt but are usually ignorant about the religious and philosophical traditions to which these terms refer or their relevance to intellectual history Wouter Hanegraaff tells the neglected story of how intellectuals since the Renaissance have tried to come to terms with a cluster of pagan ideas from late antiquity that challenged the foundations of biblical religion and Greek rationality Expelled from the academy on the basis of Protestant and Enlightenment polemics these traditions have come to be perceived as the Other by which academics define their identity to the present day Hanegraaff grounds his discussion in a meticulous study of primary and secondary sources taking the reader on an exciting intellectual voyage from the fifteenth century to the present day and asking what implications the forgotten history of exclusion has for established textbook narratives of religion philosophy and science

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Description:

b NOW AVAILABLE IN ONE VOLUME b This is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of Gnosis and Western Esotericism from the period of Late Antiquity to the present Containing around articles by over international specialists it provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology Alchemy and Magic from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to th century Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism discussing their ideas significance and historical influence The i Dictionary of Gnosis amp Western Esotericism i was selected Choice b Outstanding Academic Title b in i This one volume edition is an unabridged version of the two volume edition published in for details b click here b i

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

SWEDENBORG, OETINGER, KANT: THREE PERSPECTIVES ON THE SECRETS OF HEAVEN

SWEDENBORG, OETINGER, KANT: THREE PERSPECTIVES ON THE SECRETS OF HEAVEN Description:

In this meticulous study Wouter Hanegraaff examines the structure themes and development of Emanuel Swedenborg s massive work i Secrets of Heaven i i Arcana Coelestia i published between and Written as a work of biblical exegesis of Genesis and Exodus Swedenborg also interpolated material on his visionary experiences which have long fascinated readers br br In the second part of the study Dr Hanegraaff examines the contemporary reception of the multi volume work particularly the critical reactions of Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Christoph Oetinger He finds that Swedenborg s biblical exegesis so important in his divine calling was largely ignored in favor of the mystical experiences

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism

Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism Description:

The history of Western esotericism is rich in references to the domains of eros and sexuality but this connection has never been explored in detail from a critical scholarly perspective Bringing together an impressive array of top level specialists this volume reveals the outlines of a largely unknown history spanning more than twenty centuries

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Hermes in the Academy

Hermes in the Academy Description:

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Rating: 3.48 out of 5

Swedenborg en de andere kant: Over de droom van de Rede en de geest(en) van de Verlichting (KNAW Mededelingen 72, no. 3)

Swedenborg en de andere kant: Over de droom van de Rede en de geest(en) van de Verlichting (KNAW Mededelingen 72, no. 3) Description:

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Rating: 3.33 out of 5

Het einde van de hermetische traditie

Het einde van de hermetische traditie Description:

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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Virgin Goddess: Studies in the Pagan and Christian Roots of Mariology

The Virgin Goddess: Studies in the Pagan and Christian Roots of Mariology Description:

The contemporary search for the feminine face of God is requiring a re examination of the relationship of Christianity to the pagan world in which it came to birth Stephen Benko approaches this study as both an historian and a Christian believer Inquiring into extra biblical sources of Marian piety belief and doctrine he proposes that there is a direct line unbroken and clearly discernible from the goddess cults of the ancients to the reverence paid and eventually the cult accorded to the Virgin Mary Chapter by chapter he seeks to establish his conclusion that in Mariology the Christian genius preserved and transformed some of the best and noblest ideas that paganism developed Rather than being a regression into Paganism Mariology is a progression toward a clearer and better understanding of the feminine aspect of the divine and the role of the female in the history of salvation This publication has also been published in hardback please b click here b for details

Rating: 3.30 out of 5