Western Esotericism

Jo Pearson, Ph.D.

Jo Pearson, Ph.D.

Surveys the history and theology of Western esotericism and contemporary Paganism, including the Golden Dawn, Theosophy, Thelema, Wicca, and the flowering of contemporary Pagan traditions. We will consider the defining characteristics of esotericism, historical influences on the development of contemporary Pagan traditions, and current controversies in historical interpretation. T5560

Instructor: Jo Pearson

Class Meetings: Thursdays, 3PM ET

Prerequisites: None

Required Reading:

Hanegraff, Wouter. 2013. Western Esotericism: A guide for the perplexed.  London: Bloomsbury Academic

Recommended Reading:

Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas. 2008. The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction. OUP USA

Bogdan, Henrik. 2008. Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation. New York: SUNY

Granholm, Kennet & Asprem, Egil. 2013. Contemporary Esotericism. Sheffield, UK: Equinox

Fulfills: Fulfills one of the two required options in Area I for all MAL and TRH MDiv students.

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