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Defining The New Age

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Although the Theosophical Society is not normally considered to be part of the New Age Movement, its eclectic ideas have significantly contributed to the development of the New Age phenomenon. Jiddu Krishnamurti, Rudolf Steiner and Dion Fortune demonstrate in different ways the diverse interests of the subsequent New Age Movement. Much more influential in the development of the New Age Movement was the Findhorn community. For Marilyn Ferguson, the New Age is not another religion or a new single movement, but a Segmented Polycentric Integrated Network (SPIN), or more accurately, a SPIN of SPINs. The New Age Movement is a much wider complex than the feminist movement which is why writers like Ferguson have employed the notion of SPIN as a characterisation.

Keywords: Age; Dion Fortune; Findhorn community; JidduKrishnamurti; Marilyn Ferguson; New Age Movement; Rudolf Steiner; Segmented Polycentric Integrated Network (SPIN)

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