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New Age Encyclopedia

Melton, J. Gordon, Clark, Jerome, & Kelly, Aidan A.

 The subtitle of this encyclopedia delineates its scope: "A Guide to the Beliefs, Concepts, Terms, People, and Organizations That Make Up the New Global Movement Toward Spiritual Development, Health and Healing, Higher Consciousness, and Related Subjects." The coverage is limited to the New Age Movement per se (including the holistic health movement) and "its immediate and direct antecedents" not the historical roots. There are 334 numbered entries, ranging in length from a paragraph to 10 or more pages. Each entry lists additional sources of information. The volume begins with a useful and informative introductory essay and chronology entitled "An Overview of the New Age Movement." It describes the origin and history of the movement, the role its major leaders have played, and summarizes the main beliefs and "ideological commitments" of the movement. It is followed by a listing of the major works by the authors to obtain an overview of the New Age. The 4-page New Age chronology begins with the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875 and goes through Shirley MacLaine's televised version of her book Out on a Limb in 1987. An important appendix is a 10-page listing of educational institutions that offer degrees or programs on New Age
Publisher Information:Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1990. 586p. Index: 527-586
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