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New Age

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Author(s): Frenschkowski, Marco | Bauernfeind, Hans
[German Version] 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 with “holistic” approaches and increased appreciation of spiritual experiences vis-à-vis systems, including religious systems. The New Age movement combined utopian, myst…