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A Brief Guide to Secret Religions

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Beschreibung

New' religions are as old as time. Every period of history has produced a crop of cults with their messiahs, faith healers, charlatans, gurus, preachers and prophets. The human religious impulse almost demands that such characters be thrown up from the teeming mass of searching souls. The book combines all the current religions that derive from Christianity - from mainstream faiths such as Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Christian Science and Opus Dei to, the Family, The Jesus Army and Alpha Course - as well as a full survey of the occult and pagan groups - Satanism, Choas Magic, Shamanism, Druids and Wicca . Barrett also provides an overview of the ",cult mentality",, the history of sects and a glance at ",personal development", cults. In doing so he always combines a genuine enthusiasm for his topic with an objective approach which is never sensationalist or condemnatory.

Autorentext

David Barrett



Zusammenfassung
This wide-ranging book explores the diversity of esoteric and occult beliefs. Neo-Paganism is one of the fastest-growing new religions in the western world where witchcraft or Wicca, Druidry, and Urban Shamanism are thriving. Alongside this there has been an upsurge in New Age ideas of an even wider variety, including astrology, Tarot, numerology, and many others. And then there are members of various schools of occult science, practising High Magic. Why this new interest in old beliefs? Why are millions of educated people today abandoning both the established religion of their parents and 21st century scientific rationalism and turning to magic and esoteric teachings? In their search for spirituality those who follow these paths claim to be applying ancient wisdom to the modern world. The Brief History of Secret Religions, a companion book to The Brief History of Secret Societies, looks at the history and variety of these esoteric movements, where they came from and what they tell us about the world today. Praise for The New Believers: 'an excellent guide to fringe religions that juxtaposes "respectable" movements and those conventionally dismissed as cults.' The Telegraph. 'no-nonsense, comprehensive survey packed with non-judgmental information about the beliefs, aims and activities of such movements. Daily Mail.

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Titel: A Brief Guide to Secret Religions
Untertitel: A Complete Guide to Hermetic, Pagan and Esoteric Beliefs
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EAN: 9781849018111
ISBN: 978-1-84901-811-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Little, Brown Book Group
Genre: Philosophie, Religion
Anzahl Seiten: 160
Veröffentlichung: 26.05.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 0.5 MB
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