Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2014 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Traditionalism

  • Marta Dominguez Diaz
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6086-2_703

Traditionalism is a contemporary esoteric current that develops a philosophy critical of modernity, based on a reinterpretation of the concept of “Philosophia Perennis.” The notion is founded upon monotheistic theologies, and it understands the world as a created reality that conceals a system of divine signs. Signs, here, are particular manifestations of the truth; an absolute entity of divine nature manifested in all created things and beings. Perennial philosophers sustain that everything is divinely created and that an ontological metaphysical essence exists in every created being. That is to say, it has always been and therefore its existence is not historically or culturally framed. Owing to its immutability and eternity, this spiritual essence is regarded as divine. According to Perennialists, human spirituality in its diverse manifested religious forms is the way that humankind has developed to participate of this Eternal Quintessence. Since it is believed that human...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of St GallenSt GallenSwitzerland