"[By] J. Gordon Melton, Jerome Clark and Aidan A. Kelly".
"A guide to the beliefs, concepts, terms, people, and organizations that make up the new global movement toward spiritual development, health and healing, higher consciousness, and related subjects"--t.-p.
"The 'New Age Encyclopedia' moves away from the polemical stances taken by Evangelical Christians, skeptics, and others to provide a balanced, objective, and comprehensive overview of the New Age Movement as well as information about its many ideological and structural components and major leaders. The authors have endeavored to provide a clear, factual description of the New Age world -- its people, organizations, and opinions concerning the movement's viability or its ultimate religious or philosophical value. The Encyclopedia also brings together the diverse elements of the movement for the first time, providing readers with a convenient and authoritative source for information on the New Age. .... The 'New Age Encyclopedia' contains more than 300 descriptive listings arranged in a single alphabetic sequence". -- Intro., p. vii -viii.
Contents: Introduction / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: An Overview of the New Age Movement -- Chronology of the New Age Movement -- Descriptive Listings -- Educational Institutions Appendix -- Alphabetical and Keyword Index.