New Age Religion and Western Culture
Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought
by Wouter J. Hanegraaff
State University of New York Press, 1998
This book is the first comprehensive analysis of New Age Religion and its historical backgrounds. The author examines New Age beliefs from the perspective of the original sources and his study of religions. He convincingly argues that the movement’s foundations were laid by western esoteric traditions during the Renaissance. Hanegraaff shows how the modern New Age movement emerged from the secularization of esoteric traditions during the nineteenth century.
Wouter Jacobus Hanegraaff (born 1961) is professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He served as the first President of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism from 2005 to 2013. Hanegraaff has authored 12 books and 46 academic papers on Western esotericism.
Here are my posts inspired by New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought–
- Channeling “Higher Self”
- Invisible but Detectable: The Gravity of Pseudoscience
- Healing and Growth in New Age
- “I Am God”
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