Rewiev on Arzy S., Idel M. Kabbalah: A Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences
Review on Kripal J. Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions
The article was devoted the research of connection between church attendance and political preferences of orthodox believers. The author operationalizes church attendance as frequency of visit of religious services, and political preferences considers as vote at federal parliamentary elections of 2003. The researcher analyzes the data “Socialnay stratifikaciay sovremennogo rossiiskogo obshestva” with help cross-tabulation and logistic regression analyses. He looks for connection between apartment to the church and voting for “United Russia”. The author makes conclusion that variables have feeble statistical significance connection between variables (Pearson's contingency coefficient=0,131). He reveals a steady trend which can be graphically represented as a convex parabola in electoral support by orthodox believers of party «United Russia». The researcher offers some possible reasons of formation of the revealed trend.
The article discusses the history of the relationship between NRM and Western esotericism, this relationship easy to show on the case of religious studies that flourished after the boom of NRM in the 60s. In the 60s many researchers turned to the field of Western esotericism in order to clarify the origins of the modern new religions, this turn generated so called “sociology of the occult”, in the article examines the variety of its representations in the West (C. Wilson, M. Truzzi, E. Tiryakian, J. Webb, C. Campbell), and in the USSR/Russia (M. I. Shakhnovich, P. S. Gurevich, and V. A. Martinovich). The link between NRM and Western esotericism may be shown also on the example of the influences of individual currents of Western esotericism on some new religious movements. The article discusses the influence of the Golden Dawn, Theosophy of E. P. Blavatsky and teaching of A. Crowley. In conclusion, article discussed the theory of the New Age as the secularization of esotericism, which was proposed by W. Hanegraaff.
Article is devoted to the history of the study of western esotericism in Western Europe in the twentieth century. Readout of history of academic researches is conducted by the author with the Eranos seminars (Jung, Sholem, Eliade), aft er moving to so called «Yates paradigm», then to former of the fi rst chair in Sorbonne university, and further to researches of J. Webb, N. Goodrick-Clarke, E. Howe, concludes with the description of the current status: chairs in Exeter and Amsterdam, ESSWE, ARIES.
Problems of translation and interpretation of sociological classics, especially concerning the work by Emile Durkheim “The Elementary Forms of Religious Life” (1912).
In the opinion of Geydar Dzhemal «Evgeniy Golovin undoubtedly was a central figure of Moscow intellectual underground for perhaps thirty years (60s, 70s, 80s)», such a flattering feature from the disciple and opponent is a vital indicator of the importance of this figure for Russian culture not only in its esoteric dimension. Over the past two years two important works helping to see sense of Golovin’s personality and creativity in a new way were published: a collection of the Soviet period (60-80 years) texts written by Golovin for literary journals. These texts formally have no connection to esotericism whatsoever, and a unique collection of memoirs of Golovin’s friends, relatives and students was published. Both works reveal the identity of one of the leading Russian esotericist from different perspectives. This article provides an overview of these works followed by reflections on the place of Evgeniy Golovin in Western esotericism, and on the peculiarities of his personality. In addition this article addresses methodological aspects of the study of esotericism in the Soviet period.
An interview about translations of classics texts in the social sciences, dedicated to the Russian translation of Emile Durkheim's "The Elementary Forms of Religious Life".
The paper deals with the problem of correlation between German idealism and Friedrich Max Müller’s science of religion. The conclusions drawn by means of this research are: (1) F. Max Müller’s project of science of religion has ground in the original philosophy of religion i.e. in the doctrine of Infinite. (2) Its roots are in German idealism. (3) The base of Müller’s philosophy of religion could be understand as synthesis of Kantianism and philosophy of religious sentiment and faith. (4) The idea of Religionswissenschaft as peculiar science with its own systems and principles could be derived from the projects of later Schelling and speculative theist Chr.H.Weisse. F. Max Müller in his student time attended their lecture courses. (5) Müller’s intent attention to correlations between the religion from the one side and the mythology and the language from the other could also have source in Schelling’s and Weisse’s doctrines. (6) So we can conclude that Müller’s thought is conceptually close to the post-Kantian German idealism.
The article focuses on the examination of the conceptions of Sufism in German thought. The central figure is a Schleiermacher’s disciple Friedrich August Gottreu Tholuck, who was a gifted orientalist and expert in Sufism. The author explaines Tholuck’s theory of mysticism in general and Sufism in particular. Tholuck asserts that Sufism is of pure Arabo-Islamic origin. Author also thoroughly explains why Sufism that time was understood as a kind of pantheism. The following ideas make Tholuck’s perspective important for modernity. (1) They illustrate how different philosophical worldviews and concepts determine the description of other cultures. (2) They represent an important development of the European Oriental studies and science of religion. (3) They use almost forgotten but worth studying sources. (4) They point out close connection of early Oriental studies and philosophy. (5) They contain the original concept of mysticism.
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