By Paul Kléber Monod

The past due 17th and eighteenth centuries are often called the Age of Enlightenment, a time of technology and cause. yet during this illuminating publication, Paul Monod unearths the brilliant quantity to which Newton, Boyle, Locke, and different giants of rational concept and empiricism additionally embraced the religious, the mystical, and the occult.
 
Although public popularity of occult and magical practices waxed and waned in this interval they survived underground, experiencing a substantial revival within the mid-eighteenth century with the increase of recent antiestablishment non secular denominations. The occult spilled over into politics with the radicalism of the French Revolution and into literature in early Romanticism. even if authentic disapproval was once at its most powerful, the facts issues to a growing to be viewers for occult courses in addition to to subversive renowned enthusiasm. eventually, reveals Monod, the occult used to be no longer discarded in prefer of “reason” yet used to be included into new different types of studying. In that experience, the occult is a part of the fashionable international, now not easily a relic of an unenlightened previous, and continues to be with us today.

Show description

Read or Download Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment PDF

Best Spirituality books

Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti

Counted between his admirers are Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, David Hockney, and Van Morrison, in addition to numerous different philosophers, artist, writers and scholars of the religious direction. Now the trustees of Krishnamurti’s paintings have accrued his absolute best and such a lot illuminating writings and talks to provide in a single quantity the actually crucial rules of this nice non secular philosopher.

Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

Drawing on a life of knowledge, manhattan instances bestselling writer and debatable non secular chief John Shelby Spong maintains to problem conventional Christian theology in everlasting lifestyles: a brand new imaginative and prescient. during this impressive religious autobiography approximately his lifelong fight with the questions of God and demise, he unearths how he eventually got here to think in everlasting existence.

The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Plus)

"I have attempted to explain a Christianity that's absolutely suitable with every little thing we now recognize, and to point why Christians believe privileged to offer their lives to it. "—Huston SmithIn his so much own and passionate ebook at the non secular lifestyles, well known writer, pupil, and instructor of worldwide religions Huston Smith turns to his personal life-long faith, Christianity.

Pilate's Wife: A Novel of the Roman Empire

A daughter of privilege within the strongest empire the realm has ever recognized, Claudia has a distinct and stressful "gift": her goals have an uncanny method of coming actual. As a rebellious baby seated beside the tyrannical Roman Emperor Tiberius, she first spies the strong gladiator who will finally be her one actual ardour.

Extra info for Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment

Show sample text content

Quite, it really is a part of a coherent culture of information, expressed in a physique of writings that flourished for hundreds of years at the fringes of the 3 significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. the elemental premise of occult wisdom is look for hidden factors in nature could lead on in the direction of anything greater than nature: absolute knowledge, supernatural strength or the divine. Faivre's esoteric technique may be accused of giving an excessive amount of team spirit and path to writings which are frequently characterised via hugely individualistic, occasionally conflicting and infrequently chaotic issues of view. This deprives sure occult writers—William Blake comes instantly to mind—of what might be their so much salient function: their inventiveness or perhaps quirkiness. moreover, scholars of esoteric faith are open to the feedback that they have got appeared the texts they research as comprising a discrete and principally self-referential highbrow culture, hermetically sealed with a view to beat back the taint of different kinds of proposal, let alone social traits and well known practices. This has led, at the one hand, to a couple doubtful claims of connections among writers whose similarities can be less important than their modifications and, however, to a scarcity of curiosity in what should be categorised as “non-esoteric” affects. ultimately, students of esoteric faith tend to interpret no matter what they're learning with the best seriousness, in order that hucksters or charlatans become philosophers, and minor references in vague esoteric works tackle labyrinthine significances that might have bewildered their unique authors. inspite of those shortcomings, the esoteric strategy has helped to revive the philosophical and theological significance of writings that experience too usually been brushed aside as inappropriate. via referring to those works basically to non secular questions, it has positioned them, thoroughly, inside a sphere of inquiry that used to be dominant in western eu notion till the 19th century. simply because occult writers quoted often from each other and drew freely on one another's principles, the advice that they perceived themselves as operating inside an highbrow culture is unquestionably no longer inaccurate, even though it is well overstated. no matter if that culture was once indebted to invention up to to inheritance, it represented obtained knowledge to those that attempted to make feel out of it. Occult considering, briefly, was once a hybrid plant with very deep roots. It had an intensive, albeit episodic, highbrow background, which should be reviewed right here in brief, as a history to the argument that follows. a few of the leader resources of occult considering in Europe seemed in Egypt throughout the early Christian centuries, a interval of exceptional non secular syncretism. This was once the age of the Gnostics, who sought divine knowledge via philosophy, of the Alexandrian alchemist Zosimus of Panopolis and, principally, of “Hermes Trismegistus,” the legendary writer of the varied Greek and Latin works later gathered lower than the identify of Corpus Hermeticum.

Rated 4.94 of 5 – based on 9 votes