Reenchantment and Disenchantment

Reenchantment is the re-emergence of the sacred in the world in the form of an omnipresent and diffuse life force that permeates and connects everything. The process is part and parcel of the spiritual turn since the 1960s: the shift from a belief in a transcendent God to belief in an immanently present spirit or life force. Reenchantment as such entails a break with the process of disenchantment, defined by Max Weber (1854–1920) as the disappearance of the sacred from the world and the difficulties this entails in endowing the world with meaning.

Weber understands the disenchantment of the world as a long-term historical process, rooted in the rise of Western monotheism in ancient Israel. Due to special historical circumstances, Jahweh, the God of War, then ...

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