Astrology as heresy in contemporary belief

Phillipson, Garry (2019) Astrology as heresy in contemporary belief. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 13 (1). ISSN 1749-4907

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Abstract

Astrology has been characterised as a heresy by many Christian thinkers, from the time of the early Church Fathers to the present day. In contemporary discourse, astrology is often treated as if it were a heresy against science. I provide examples of astrologers being treated as heretics in the name of science, and an alternative conception of astrology as a form of divination, not dependent on scientilc substantiation. I argue that the ‘astrology’ often criticised in the name of science may be delned as much by scientism’s need for a construction to delne itself against, as by the actual views of horoscopic astrologers. The emerging picture is that criticisms of astrology are typically based on a mixture of legitimate objections and scientistic belief. I conclude that scientism’s unspoken aspiration to orthodoxy emerges through the parallels between its approach to astrology and that of the Church.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Astrology, cosmologies, cultural understanding
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities
Depositing User: Sandra Stedman
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 09:38
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 02:02
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1363

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