samedi, juin 04, 2011

The "Age of Aquarius": A New Age primer

Do you ever wonder why the notion of an Aquarian age of consciousness got such a grip on our national life in the 1960s-70s?

What about the belief, which many here in the United States affirm, that all religions lead to the same God?

How about an ethic of religious tolerance?

What about our Chinese menu, sometimes syncretistic approach to religious belief?

These notions come, in part, from the Western esoteric tradition that flowered here in the New Age movement.

In this commentary, I explore some of the roots of that movement --and how it still remains a force in our national life.

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