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New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions) Paperback


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  • Series: Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions
  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (November 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791438546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791438541
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a formidable book...It is an indispensable manual for all those studying the New Age phenomenon...an interesting, informative, illuminating and accurate depiction of New Age thought and practices.' John A. Saliba, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, 2000. 'This is a must for all students of religion...' Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Ambrix, 2002. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading this lengthy book after a month of heated night readings.

This one is really a milestone in the research of the new age phenomenon, as it is the first (and up until now the only) book to seriously and exhaustively research the variety of new age ideas, their inter-connectedness and their origins.

Haanegraaf doesn't leave the discussion on a sociological level, as other authors on the new age have frequently done. He isn't satisifed until he enters the core of every doctrine and theory and explains it thoroughly to the reader.

Haanegraaf covers an unusal amount of material over the 525 pages long primary text of the book. He presents ideas and comments about them briefly and concisely but also profoundly and always in an interesting and intelectually stimulating way.

The different observations and structures Haanegraaf presents in this work are bound to become a basis for future research of the new age phenomenon.

This is one of the best books i've read in a while, and a must for anyone interested in New Age.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
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This book is a MUST READ for any student of religious studies. Its provides a consolidation and analysis of the new age literature. Extensive use of references and footnotes - you won't be disappointed...
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