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Die kairos van die New Age: ’n Kultuurhistoriese skets

L. F. Schulze
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 48, No 3/4 | a2452 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v48i3/4.2452 | © 1992 L. F. Schulze | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 1992 | Published: 10 January 1992

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L. F. Schulze, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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The kairos of the New Age movement: A cultural historical outline
The precursor of the New Age movement was theosophy. With the foundation of the Theosophical Society (1875) certain basic ideas inherent in Western thought were restated in a new context. In the cultural climate of the 1880s notions of a subjective, anti-positivist stance, tending towards mysticism, were common, especially among the symbolists. In this respect the symbolists were reflecting a cultural and intellectual climate that facilitated the emergence of theosophy. In our century two currents have led toward the New Age movement: firstly, the persisting influence of theosophists especially that of Bailey and, secondly, the intensified statement of symbolist ideas and ideals.


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