Vexen Crabtree (vexen) wrote,
Vexen Crabtree
vexen

Varieties of Religious Experience

Reading William James' lecture notes from 1900/1901, compiled into the
famous book "Varieties of Religious Experience", I have come across
descriptions of New Age /already/ describing it as a wave sweeping
across the modern world, and ALSO bemourning the ease at which it has
become commercialized!

I didn't credit the new age with any real noticeability until the
1960s.

William James says that although they use Christian (white light)
terminology, they have clearly departed from the beliefs of normal
Christians, and mentions Hindu influence amonst other influences on
the movements.

I'm just wondering if anyone else is surprised that popular New Age
type things are actually 100 years old already.

Obviously Blavatsky and others have a little to answer for, but, I
hadn't imagined that the "new age" as a whole was identifiable that
early.
Tags: book reviews, books, new age, religion, william james
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