A comprehensive, concise, and easy-to-read introduction intended for undergraduates and general readers interested in the study of mysticism.
Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts.
Studies the original vocabulary of Frithjof Schuon, its relevance to comparative religion, and the status of metaphysical and theological terms in religion.
A unique historical study of the personal nature of religion, spirituality, and healing in the twentieth century based on the letters of ordinary people from around the world.
Argues that Socrates’ fundamental role in the dialogues is to guide us toward self-inquiry and self-knowledge.
Provides a rhetorical analysis of female spirit medium's autobiographies in the historical and social contexts of Victorian era America.
Restores the Platonic history and context of mysticism and shows how mysticism helps us understand more deeply the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art.
Challenges the conventional view of a “disenchanted” and secular modernity, and recovers the complex relation that exists between science, religion, and esotericism in the modern world.
An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel contact, its reinterpretation over the years, and its endurance to the present day.
Examines the relationship between diverse iterations of Rosicrucianism and the philosophy of the Enlightenment.
A searching study of Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival.
A survey of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity, with an emphasis on the last six centuries.
Historical exploration of Masonic rituals of initiation.
Argues that the discourse of Jacob Boehme represents the return of Gnostic thought in modernity after a thousand year hiatus.
Presents the first systematic analysis of the structure and beliefs of the New Age movement, and the historical emergence of "New Age" as a secularized version of Western esoteric traditions.
This is the first systematic treatment of esotericism to appear in English. Here is also a historical survey, beginning with the Alexandrean Period, of the various esoteric currents such as Christian ...
This is an intellectual history of occult and esoteric currents in the English-speaking world from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 by ...
Traces the use of powerful gnostic visionary techniques from Hellenistic Gnosticism and Jewish merkabah mysticism, through Muhammad, the Ismaeilis, and theosophical Sufism to medieval neoplatonism, and renaissance alchemy.
Hadewijch, a thirteenth-century woman, describes her relationship with God as a mutual loving in which God and she affect each other personally and profoundly. This book presents in detail the account ...