New age movement

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The New age movement is a large collection of differing beliefs and practices, which all share a desire for spiritual growth and personal development. Practices often include a mixture of astrology, reincarnation, tarot card reading, crystal ball gazing, acupuncture, meditation, Eastern mysticism, and many others. An early influence on the growth of the New Age movement was the founding of the Theosophical Society by Madame Blavatsky in 1875, but it gained most popularity in the 1960s, when its followers looked forward to the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

The New Age Movement does not use strict dogmatic teachings. Jonathan Adolph says that the New Age Movement "has no religious doctrine or teachings of its own."[1] A notable characteristic of New Age is it's drawing of cross-religion and cross-culture elements - a typical New Age believer can sometimes comfortably mix Christian crosses and/or angels with ancient Egyptian, Wiccan, Native American, Greek or Celtic symbols making no distinction between them.

The Stanford Research Institute estimates than as much as 5 or 10% of the population identified themselves as New Agers.[2]

References

  1. Jonathan Adolph, "What is New Age?" New Age Journal (Winter 1988)
  2. Jonathan Adolph,"What is New Age?" New Age Journal (Winter 1988)
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