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New Age
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I. The Concept

From the 1970s into the 1990s, New Age was a buzz word for the expectation of a global new era marked by evolutionistic optimism (versus the apocalyptic scenarios of the Cold War), a monistic worldview, recovery of a unity of humankind with the natural world (end of the age of technocracy), and a “new consciousness” of a spiritual, ecological, and peaceable society, along …

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Frenschkowski, Marco and Bauernfeind, Hans, “New Age”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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