New Age Millennialism

Phillip Charles Lucas

in The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195301052
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

New Age Millennialism

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This article discusses new age millennialism. The roots of new age millennialism can be traced back to western esoteric traditions. This worldview strives to bridge the gap between spirituality and science. It posits faith in an evolutionism wherein man embarks on an upwardly mobilization, spiritually and intellectually. Environmentalism, too, forms a part of this school. Greater access to translated works of the oriental contributed substantially to nourishing this new age strain. The extent stretched until the utilization of Freudian tenets to analyze and deliberate development of the human psyche. The unidentified flying object (UFO) rage, gripping the west since the 1950s, stoked issues of planetary escape via beings of extraterrestrial higher civilizations. The movement is modernistic in its assertion of world-spirituality and religious tolerance. It emphasizes a project of self-empowerment/development as a prelude to planetary transformation, thereby positing faith in human agency.

Keywords: new age millennialism; western esoteric traditions; spirituality and science; evolutionism; environmentalism; Freud; extraterrestrial higher civilization

Article.  9347 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Alternative Belief Systems

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