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

Wouter J. Hanegraaff / Oct 21, 2019

New Age Religion and Western Culture Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought S U N Y Series in Western Esoteric Traditions 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

  • Title: New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought
  • Author: Wouter J. Hanegraaff
  • ISBN: 9780791438541
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • S U N Y Series in Western Esoteric Traditions 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 movemen S U N Y Series in Western Esoteric Traditions 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.

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    About "Wouter J. Hanegraaff"

      • Wouter J. Hanegraaff

        Wouter J Hanegraaff 1961 studied classical guitar at the Municipal Conservatory at Zwolle 1982 1987 and Cultural History at the University of Utrecht 1986 1990 , with a specialization in alternative religious movements in the 20th century From 1992 1996 he was a research assistant at the department for Study of Religions of the University of Utrecht, where he defendedhis dissertation New Age Religion and Western Culture Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought on 30 november 1995 cum laude From 1996 to 2000 he held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Dutch Assocation for Scientific Research NWO , and spent a period working in Paris On 1 september 1999 he was appointed full professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam From 2002 2006 he was president of the Dutch Society for the Study of Religion NGG From 2005 2013 he was President of the EuropeanSociety for the Study of Western Esotericism ESSWE In 2006 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, KNAW since 2013 he is an honorary member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.Editorial ActivitiesFrom 2001 2010 Hanegraaff was editor with Antoine Faivre and Nicholas Goodrick Clarke of Aries Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism Brill publ and from 2006 2010 editor of the Aries Book Series Texts and Studies in Western Esotericism Brill publ He is member of the editorial board of the journals Aries Brill , Numen Brill , Religion Compass and Esoterica , and of the advisory board of Journal of Contemporary Religion Carfax and Nova Religio University of California Press.


    410 Comments

    1. This is a thoroughly researched and well-written description of a vast subject. Hanegraaf is able to give rough definitions of New Age religion and extended historical analyses. Lots of literature reviews of both scholarly books about the subject and popular books associated with the New Age movement.


    2. no less a figure than antoine faivre wished to have written this book himself; i'll second that. if one quality in it is to be chosen above others, intellectual vigor it is . a lot to learn thus not only concerning the subject .


    3. Hanegraaff's doctoral dissertation explores the phenomenon of New Age religiosity in terms of the greater field of Western esotericism and examines it via the etic lens of objective analysis pioneered by previous scholars such as Frances Yates (1899-1981) and Antoine Faivre (b. 1934). There were three things about this book that I found to be particularly illuminating. First, Hanegraaff surveys the field of New Age literature in such a thorough way as to give the reader a comprehensive understan [...]


    4. Okay I've read big portions, but never the whole thing. Apparently I didn't read those portions very carefully, as was discovered during the only really embarrassing moment of my thesis orals.That must be why I lug it around with me everytime I move, and feel the flush of shame whenever I see it glittering smugly on the shelf.


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