By Daren Kemp, James R. Lewis (editors)
The Handbook of latest Age is a complete survey of different spiritualities: their background, their international impression, their cultural effect and the way they're understood by means of students. Chapters by means of some of the prime students of the flow supply the newest research of latest non secular traits, and current up to date observations of the interplay among the recent Age circulate and lots of varied fields of data and learn.
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Some of this criticism is formulated explicitly; some of it is implicit in New Age practices and goals. This makes it possible to define the New Age movement indirectly, that is to say, in a negative sense, not in terms of what its adherents believe (for, again, these beliefs are very diverse), but in terms of what they reject. Whatever their differences, all New Agers would agree that modern the new age movement and western esotericism 39 western society is dominated by two pervasive tendencies: dualism, on the one hand, and reductionism, on the other.
Nevertheless, it seems to me that the varieties of New Age religiosity as far as they are documented in publications, fall into a few, clearly demarcated categories. Each of them may be further divided into sub-categories; and a certain extent of overlap between the main ones has to be recognised. 5 Channelling This current is based upon the belief that some people are able, under certain circumstances, to act as a ‘channel’ for information from sources other than their normal everyday selves. Most typically, these sources are identified as discarnate ‘entities’ living on higher levels of being, but the complete range of channelled sources mentioned in the literature contains almost everything to which some kind of intelligence might be attributed.
This third component is characterised by the primacy accorded to experience (of God and the Self ) over mere reason and faith. This typology is quite useful in order to put the “culture criticism” of the New Age movement into perspective. It is evident that the mainstream of western culture has been based on the two pillars of “faith” and “reason”: the Christianity of the churches, on the one hand, and philosophical rationalism, on the other (and, of course, on the developments which emerged from their various combinations).