The New Age and Gnosticism: Terms of Commonality

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  • 1 Writer-in-residence, New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence, University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles

Abstract

The author uses three examples from contemporary New Age culture to demonstrate that popular alternative spirituality, while having no direct connection with ancient Gnosticism, reflects some of the core concerns and ideals found in Gnostic writing and liturgy, including mystical experience, radical ecumenism, and expanded human consciousness. This intersection demonstrates that the modern New Age itself indirectly comports with key elements of Gnostic tradition.

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