TruthFunders Radio Untangles the Web of Esoteric Tales Spun by Occult Screenwriter Winter Laake
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 9 pm EDT, the adroit duo of TruthFunders Radio, Art Webb and Mark Schwartz solicits screenwriter and author Winter Laake to connect the common denominator between all Western esoteric tales and figures.
Winter Laake is an avid writer of the occult and film screenplays. The books listed here are in various forms, hardcover, softcover or e-book, thus the various listings of the same title.
Western esotericism, also called esotericism and esoterism, is a scholarly “generic label for a large and complicated group of historical phenomena” which share an air de famille. It refers to a wide array of ideas and movements which have developed withinWestern society, and which have remained largely distinct from both orthodox Judeo-Christian religion and Enlightenment rationalism. A trans-disciplinary field, esotericism has pervaded various forms of Western philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, art, literature, and music, continuing to have an impact on intellectual ideas and popular culture.
The precise definition of Western esotericism has been debated by various academics, with a number of different alternatives proposed. One perspective argues that it is a category that can be defined by shared internal characteristics held by all Western esoteric groups; the scholar of Western esotericism Antoine Faivre listed six such characteristics. A separate view, propounded by Wouter Hanegraaff, views Western esotericism as a category encompassing all of Western culture’s “rejected knowledge” that is accepted by neither the scientific establishment or orthodox religious authorities.
The earliest traditions to later be labelled as forms of Western esotericism emerged in the Eastern Mediterranean during Late Antiquity, where Hermetism, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism developed as schools of thought distinct from mainstream Christianity. In RenaissanceEurope, interest in many of these older ideas increased, with various intellectuals seeking to combine “pagan” philosophies with the Kabbalah and Christian philosophy, resulting in the emergence of esoteric movements like Christian theosophy. The 17th century saw the development of initiatory societies professing esoteric knowledge such as Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, while the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century led to the development of new forms of esoteric thought. The 19th-century saw the emergence of new trends of esoteric thought that have come to be known as occultism. Prominent groups in this century included the Theosophical Society and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which influenced the development of Thelema. Other developments within occultism were modern paganism, which included religious movements such as Wicca. Esoteric ideas permeated the counterculture of the 1960s and later cultural tendencies, from which emerged the New Age movement in the 1970s.
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