Contemporary Esotericism by Egil Asprem

By Egil Asprem

The research of up to date esoteric discourse has hitherto been a mostly overlooked a part of the recent educational box of Western esotericism. modern Esotericism presents a extensive assessment and evaluation of the advanced global of Western esoteric concept this day. Combining historiographical research with theories and methodologies from the social sciences, the amount explores new difficulties and provides new chances for the examine of esoterica. modern Esotericism stories the interval because the Fifties yet makes a speciality of the final twenty years. the wide variety of essays are divided into 4 thematic sections: the intricacies of esoteric appeals to culture; the position of pop culture, smooth communique applied sciences, and new media in modern esotericism; the impression and impact of esotericism on either non secular and secular arenas; and the hot 'de-marginalization' of the esoteric in either scholarship and society.

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Richard H. Roberts, “Body”, 216–21. For the simplification of “the past” in sociological theory, and in particular secularization theory, see Granholm’s article in the present volume. A good example is Steve Bruce’s assessment that most social scientists agree that “modern societies are less religious than traditional ones” (Bruce, Religion in the Modern World, 52). 27 egil asprem and kennet granholm present (and sometimes future), but is very problematic in containing simplified accounts of the past, which are often based on little or no empirical evidence.

Furthermore, Asprem shows how the presence of parapsychological beliefs in academia cannot be seen solely as an “incursion from the outside”; it is rather the result of developments occurring within academia itself, with relation to a broader esoteric, occultural milieu. While questioning the notion that science has enforced a “disenchantment of the world”, this simultaneously suggests that occulture, which is commonly seen as spreading on a “folk” or “popular” level, has important nerve centres inside academic (presumptively secular) “elite” culture as well.

As with the von Stuckrad approach, this perspective can be used to shine light on the complexities of European cultural and religious history which have typically remained veiled in earlier approaches. 3. The Partridge approach. In this approach, the focus is on contemporary processes of cultural and religious change. Designed to analyse religious expression in the present day rather than in distant historical periods, the approach looks at how previously marginalized phenomena and notions get popularized, and how the esoteric functions as part of an occultural reservoir – operating mainly through popular culture – which is used to construct beliefs, practices and identities.

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