An enticing intellectual history of various esoteric currents from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century.
Author: Joscelyn Godwin
Publisher: Suny Press
An enticing intellectual history of various esoteric currents from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century. The author maintains that the Theosophical Society held a crucial position as the place where all those currents temporarily united, before diverging again.
Author: Wouter J. HanegraaffPublish On: 2018-09-24
This is the first comprehensive analysis of the belief structure and historical background of the New Age Movement.
Author: Wouter J. Hanegraaff
This is the first comprehensive analysis of the belief structure and historical background of the New Age Movement. "New Age Religion" emerges as a thoroughly secularized form of western-esoteric traditions which can be traced back to the period of the Renaissance.
Section of the Theosophical Society (formed in 1888).25 It is in London that we
find the most influential magic order in the history of esotericism; the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn. ... 25 Godwin, The Theosophical Enlightenment, 362.
Author: Kennet Granholm
In Dark Enlightenment Kennet Granholm provides a detailed look at the Left-Hand Path magic order Dragon Rouge in particular and explores the contexts of contemporary esoteric magic in general.
Ans . A mind clear and enlightened . What is Tau ? lus . In every place absence of
impediments and pure enlightenment . " The “ true man without a position " is the
potential Buddha within every man . Now what are these much talked of and ...
(1994) A Buddhist Bible, Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press. Godwin, J. (1994) The Theosophical Enlightenment, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Godwin, J. with Cash, P. and Smith, T. (eds) (1990) Paul Brunton: Essential
Author: J.J. Clarke
What is the place of Eastern thought - Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism - in the Western intellectual tradition? Oriental Enlightenment shows how, despite current talk of 'globalization', there is still a reluctance to accept that the West could have borrowed anything of significance from the East, and explores a critique of the 'orientalist' view that we must regard any study of the East through the lens of Western colonialism and domination. Oriental Enlightenment provides a lucid introduction to the fascination Eastern thought has exerted on Western minds since the Renaissance.
... the occult might be seen as an alternative to the Enlightenment, because it was
founded on sentiment and personal revelation rather than the application of pure
reason. Thus, Ioscelyn Goodwin has written of a “Theosophical Enlightenment” ...
Author: Paul Kleber Monod
Publisher: Yale University Press
DIVDIVThis illuminating book reveals the surprising extent to which great and lesser knownthinkers of the Age of Enlightenment embraced the spiritual, the magical, and the occult./div/div
Ibid., 23. 67. See Joscelyn Godwin, The Theosophical Enlightenment (Albany:
State University of New York Press, 1994), 196–197. 68. Emma Hardinge [Britten]
, Six Lectures on Theology and Nature, (N.p.: R. R. Hitt, 1860), 44–45. 69.
Author: Cathy Gutierrez
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In its day, spiritualism brought hundreds of thousands of Americans to s?ance tables and trance lectures. It has alternately been ridiculed as the apogee of fatuous credulity and hailed as a feminist movement. Its tricks have been exposed, its charlatans unmasked, and its heroes' names lost to posterity. In its day, however, its leaders were household names and politicians worried about capturing the Spiritualist vote. Cathy Gutierrez places Spiritualism in the context of the 19th-century American Renaissance. Although this epithet usually signifies the sudden blossoming of American letters, Gutierrez points to its original meaning: a cultural imagination enraptured with the past and the classics in particular, accompanied by a cultural efflorescence. Spiritualism, she contends, was the religious articulation of the American Renaissance, and the ramifications of looking backward for advice about the present were far-reaching. The Spiritualist movement, says Gutierrez, was a 'renaissance of the Renaissance,' a culture in love with history as much as it trumpeted progress and futurity, and an expression of what constituted religious hope among burgeoning technology and colonialism. Rejecting Christian ideas about salvation, Spiritualists embraced Platonic and Neoplatonic ideas. Humans were shot through with the divine, rather than seen as helpless and inexorably corrupt sinners in the hands of a transcendent, angry God. Gutierrez's study of this fascinating and important movement is organized thematically. She analyzes Spiritualist conceptions of memory, marriage, medicine, and minds, explores such phenomena as machines for contacting the dead, spirit-photography, the idea of eternal spiritual affinity (which implied the necessity for marriage reform), the connection between health and spirituality, and mesmerism.
Rahtmann of Danzig maintained that the word of God in Scripture has not in itself
the power to enlighten and convert men ... But he dates his profound theosophical enlightenment from a moment in A . D . 1594 , when as a young
This subject is explored in detail in Joscelyn Godwin, The Theosophical Enlightenment (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994). 6. Crowley
was also instrumental in popularizing Chinese esotericism. See, for example, his
Author: Henrik Bogdan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. Born into a fundamentalist Christian family and educated at Cambridge, he was vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, yet revered as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. Moving beyond the influence of contemporary psychology and the modernist understanding of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was an eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawn from Western European magical ceremonies and Indic sources for meditation and yoga. This journey of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual power as a magical discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's mixed masonic group, the Ordo Templi Orientis. The religion Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his role as a charismatic revelator and herald of a new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting influence can be seen in the counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and in many forms of alternative spirituality and popular culture. The essays in this volume offer crucial insight into Crowley's foundational role in the study of Western esotericism, new religious movements, and sexuality.
He is the author of The Enlightened Will Shine (1993) and Reading the Zohar,
The Sacred Text of the Kabbalah (2001). ... the Ancient World, The Theosophical Enlightenment, and most recently The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance (2002).
Author: Jay Kinney
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The founder of the influential Gnosis magazine collects essays by some of today's finest spiritual writers to explore the West's magical and esoteric traditions. Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, The Knights Templar . . . Even before the success of The Da Vinci Code, many readers knew of these and other aspects of Western esoterica. But few understand their true meaning. In The Inner West, more than twenty essays by seventeen leading authors shine a light on some of the most mysterious and closely held aspects of the Western tradition. Its authors bring to life the symbolist and occult philosophies that populate the history and beliefs of the Western way. These same philosophies-which include variants of Christian and Jewish mysticism, and the teachings of figures like Rudolf Steiner and G. I. Gurdjieff-can present a deep and different spiritual path for today's seekers. Spiritual seekers have often looked to the East for inspiration and guidance. Yet increasing numbers of people are discovering that many helpful wisdom traditions have existed right here in the West. With the Kabbalah and Tarot cards more popular than ever, and alternative spirituality from Wicca to Sufism gaining a new audience, The Inner West is a timely book for this expanding audience
76 Joscelyn Godwin, The Theosophical Enlightenment (Albany: State University
of New York Press, 1994), pp. 228–30; Jackie E. M. Latham, 'A Forgotten
Theosopher: James Pierrepont Greaves', Theosophical History 8, 8 (2001), pp.
Author: David Grumett
Publisher: A&C Black
What are the links between people's beliefs and the foods they choose to eat? In the modern Western world, dietary choices are a topic of ethical and political debate, but how can centuries of Christian thought and practice also inform them? And how do reasons for abstaining from particular foods in the modern world compare with earlier ones? This book will shed new light on modern vegetarianism and related forms of dietary choice by situating them in the context of historic Christian practice. It will show how the theological significance of embodied practice may be retrieved and reconceived in the present day. Food and diet is a neglected area of Christian theology, and Christianity is conspicuous among the modern world's religions in having few dietary rules or customs. Yet historically, food and the practices surrounding it have significantly shaped Christian lives and identities. This collection, prepared collaboratively, includes contributions on the relationship between Christian beliefs and food practices in specific historical contexts. It considers the relationship between eating and believing from non-Christian perspectives that have in turn shaped Christian attitudes and practices. It also examines ethical arguments about vegetarianism and their significance for emerging Christian theologies of food.
Hume, Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia: 19; Hanegraaff, New Age Religion
and Western Culture, 437; Joscelyn Godwin, The Theosophical Enlightenment (
Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1994), 187–8. Buescher, “Spiritualism”, 8716.
Author: Danielle Kirby
Religion and spirituality are being transformed in our late modern and secularising times. New forms of belief proliferate, often notable for not being limited to traditional systems of reference or expression. Increasingly, these new religions present worldviews which draw directly upon popular culture - or occulture - in fiction, film, art and the internet. Fantasy and Belief explores the context and implications of these types of beliefs through the example of the Otherkin community. The Otherkin are a loosely-affiliated group who believe themselves to be in some way more than just human, their non-humanity often rooted in the characters and narratives of popular fantasy and science fiction. Challenging much current sociological thinking about spirituality and consumption, Fantasy and Belief reveals how popular occulture operates to recycle, develop, and disseminate metaphysical ideas, and how the popular and the sacred are combining in new ways in today's world.
Theosophy and Feminism in England Joy Dixon. Fin de Siècle. Edited by Sally
Ledger and Scott McCracken. Cambridge, England: ... The Theosophical Enlightenment. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994. Gould, Peter C.
Author: Joy Dixon
Publisher: JHU Press
In 1891, newspapers all over the world carried reports of the death of H. P. Blavatsky, the mysterious Russian woman who was the spiritual founder of the Theosophical Society. With the help of the equally mysterious Mahatmas who were her teachers, Blavatsky claimed to have brought the "ancient wisdom of the East" to the rescue of a materialistic West. In England, Blavatsky's earliest followers were mostly men, but a generation later the Theosophical Society was dominated by women, and theosophy had become a crucial part of feminist political culture. Divine Feminine is the first full-length study of the relationship between alternative or esoteric spirituality and the feminist movement in England. Historian Joy Dixon examines the Theosophical Society's claims that women and the East were the repositories of spiritual forces which English men had forfeited in their scramble for material and imperial power. Theosophists produced arguments that became key tools in many feminist campaigns. Many women of the Theosophical Society became suffragists to promote the spiritualizing of politics, attempting to create a political role for women as a way to "sacralize the public sphere." Dixon also shows that theosophy provides much of the framework and the vocabulary for today's New Age movement. Many of the assumptions about class, race, and gender which marked the emergence of esoteric religions at the end of the nineteenth century continue to shape alternative spiritualities today.
All who have made a study of the methods by which Theosophical enlightenment
is to be attained , will certainly take care ... But , at the same time , the spiritualist
is an inquirer with whom , it seems to me , the true Theosophist must necessarily
Author: Alfred Percy Sinnett
Tracing the influence of continental anatomy on English literature across the period, Sugg begins his exploration with the essentially sacralising aspects of dissection before detailing ways in which science and religion diverged from and eventually opposed each other.
... occultism in 1884 [Joscelyn Godwin, The Theosophical Enlightenment (Albany,
New York: State University of New York Press, 1994), pp. 282–286, 347–362;
Joscelyn Godwin, Christian Chanel, John P. Deveney, The Hermetic Brotherhood
Author: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
At the age of 17, rejecting nineteenth-century materialism, Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) left her native Russia and traveled through India, Tibet, Egypt, Europe, and the Americas seeking out the sources of ancient wisdom as a key to spiritual truth. In 1875 in New York, she co-founded the Theosophical Society for the study of occult traditions. Many popular ideas of rediscovered ancient wisdom, including reincarnation and karma, trace their origin to Helena Blavatsky and Theosophy. This anthology includes material on her life and travels, as well as excerpts from her major works.
The Society has no adopted belief , nor can it ever have one without deserting its
character as a theosophical society and taking a ... But if a “ Theosophist ” means
a person striving after wisdom , everybody who seeks for enlightenment is a ...
Joscelyn Godwin, The Theosophical Enlightenment (Albany, NY: State : .
University of New York Press, 1994), 188. . Emma Hardinge Britten, Modern
American Spiritualism: Or, A Twenty Years' Record of the Communion between
Earth and ...
Author: Erik Davis
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In TechGnosis—a cult classic now updated and reissued with a new afterword—Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. Davis uncovers startling connections between such seemingly disparate topics as electricity and alchemy; online roleplaying games and religious and occult practices; virtual reality and gnostic mythology; programming languages and Kabbalah. The final chapters address the apocalyptic dreams that haunt technology, providing vital historical context as well as new ways to think about a future defined by the mutant intermingling of mind and machine, nightmare and fantasy.
... me into this aspect of my research. I was led to the latter by a note in J.
Godwin's Theosophical Enlightenment (Albany, 1994), one of several helpful
directions given me by my friends, noted students of 16th century magic and
Author: M. Goldish
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
The earliest scientific studies of Jewish messianism were conducted by the scholars of the Wissenschaft des Judentums school, particularly Heinrich Graetz, the first great Jewish historian of the Jews since Josephus. These researches were invaluable because they utilized primary sources in print and manuscript which had been previously unknown or used only in polemics. The Wissenschaft studies themselves, however, prove to be polemics as well on closer inspection. Among the goals of this group was to demonstrate that Judaism is a rational and logical faith whose legitimacy and historical progress deserve recognition by the nations of Europe. Mystical and messianic beliefs which might undermine this image were presented as aberrations or the result of corrosive foreign influences on the Jews. Gershom Scholem took upon himself the task of returning mysticism and messianism to their rightful central place in the panorama of Jewish thought. Jewish messianism was, for Scholem, a central theme in the philosophy and life of the Jews throughout their history, shaped anew by each generation to fit its specific hopes and needs. Scholem emphasized that this phenomenon was essentially independent of messianic or millenarian trends among other peoples. For example, in discussing messianism in the early modern era Scholem describes a trunk of influence on the Jewish psyche set off by the expulsion from Spain in 1492.