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

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(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
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Paperback, 580 pages
Published November 20th 1997 by State University of New York Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Christopher Plaisance
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 ...more
Jessica
Oct 23, 2007 Jessica marked it as owned-for-years-but-still-not-read
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.
Aloéy Vesjaly
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.. .
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