This work deals with the influences of magic on morality and religion and its relation to literature, especially in this age which puts more emphasis on knowledge and will than on traditional Christian concepts of faith and good works. Chapters: 1 Introductory: 'Magic' as Word and Idea; 2 From Egypt to Freemasonry; 3 Eliphas Levi; 4 Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophists; 5 The Golden Dawn; 6 Intermediary: The Magic Mountain; 7 Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy; 8 Aleister Crowley; 9 L Ron Hubbard and Scientology; 10 Concluding: 'Magic' and the Moral Continuum.
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Stoddard Martin is an editor, journalist and lecturer. He attended Stanford and University College, London, and has taught at Harvard and other universities. He is author of a dozen novellas, two screenplays and five critical books, published by Macmillan in the UK and St Martin's Press in the US.Review:
'The two-edged sword of religion and magic is fully and fascinatingly explored in this provocative volume where the author questions the origins of morality in metaphysical rather than practical terms.' - Contemporary Review
'Martin takes as his subtitle 'The Rise of "Magic" as Religion and its Relation to Literature'; and while he begins with the OED's definition of magic as 'the pretended art of influencing the course of events by compelling the energy of spiritual beings,' he finds that, beneath the pretence, what initiates have really been up to is self-realisation, which he takes to be the dominant religion of our day.' - Hugo Barnacle, The Independent
'The biographical sketches are often amusing, by no means wholly credulous about the integrity of their subjects, and contain bits of unusual information, like the fact that Kafka consulted Rudolf Steiner about his asthma - with no satisfactory result.' - Julian Symons, Times Literary Supplement.
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Book Description 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 1989 hardcover edition. Ex library copy with stamps and labels to spine and endpapers but the text is clean and the binding is tight. This work deals with the influences of magic on morality and religion and its relation to literature, especially in this age which puts more emphasis on knowledge and will than traditional Christian concepts of faith and good works. Posted promptly by UK seller. Bookseller Inventory # IF-IM1F-CATO
Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0333435400