Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age
This volume deals with the transformation of religious creativity in the late modern West. Its point of departure is a set of esoteric beliefs, from Theosophy to the New Age. It shows how these traditions have adapted to the cultural givens of each successive epoch. The claims of each movement have been buttressed by drawing on various structural characteristics of late modernity. The advance of science has resulted in attempts to claim scientific status for religious beliefs. Globalization has given rise to massive loans from other cultures, but also to various strategies to radically reinterpret foreign elements. Individualism has led to an increasing reliance on experience as a source of legitimacy. The analytical tools applied to understanding religious modernization shed light on changes that are fundamentally reshaping many religious traditions. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.
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SOME THEORETICAL PRELIMINARIES
THE APPEAL TO TRADITION
The New Age Blend of Traditions
Christianity as a Significant Other
The Timeline of Esoteric Historiography
Experiencing What We Already Know
Elements of the Self as Experience Cues
Reincarnation and Christianity
The Democratization of Experience
Reincarnation as Rational Belief
Alice Bailey ancient anthroposophy archetypes astrology Atlantis attempts Aura-Soma basic belief Blavatsky Blavatsky's century chakras channeled chapter Chopra Christian claims concept constructed contemporary Course in Miracles cultic milieu culture discursive strategy discussion divine Edgar Cayce Egypt Egyptian elements emic ence Enlightenment Esoteric positions Esoteric spokespersons esotericism etic evolution existence explain Hanegraaff healing Helena Blavatsky historiography human Indian individual interpretation ISBN 90 Jesus Jung Jungian karma knowledge Leadbeater legend literature mainstream Masters Mesmer messages metaphysical Miracles Modern Esoteric Tradition movement texts Myss mysticism myth narratives occult one's perennial philosophy philosophy post-theosophical present study prophetic published purported quantum quantum metaphysics reader references Reiki reincarnation religion religious experience revealed rhetorical ritual role Rudolf Steiner scientific scientism scientistic Secret Doctrine sense skeptical specific spiritual Steiner Tao of Physics tarot teachings theory theosophical tion Western wisdom worldview writers