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New Age Religion and Western Culture free pdf 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 the reader with 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. This ground-breaking publication is compulsive reading for all those involved or interested in the New Age movement.

About Wouter J. Hanegraff

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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Author : Wouter J. Hanegraff
Publisher : State University of New York Press
Data Published : 20 November 1997
ISBN : 0791438546
EAN : 9780791438541
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 580 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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