CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL FOR CONTEMPORARY RELIGION
Central European Journal for Contemporary Religion is a scholarly journal issued both by the Hussite Theological Faculty of the Charles University and Karolinum Press, serving as a publication platform for Comparative Religion and related scholarship. It focuses mainly on contemporary religious phenomena with special (but not exclusive) focus on Central and Eastern Europe. It should serve both as a source of information on the religious life in the region and as a reservoir of scholarly studies focused on contemporary lived religion at large. It is issued semi-annually both in print and online (open access). Its goal is to bring up thought-provoking contributions related not only to current established religions and religious movements, both new and old, but also to map contemporary spirituality in its wider context including New Age milieu, Neopaganism and pop-cultural spirituality. The journal also covers latest theoretical and methodological trends in Comparative Religion, Ritual Studies and other disciplines. The editorial board consists of scholars from most Czech Comparative Religion departments as well as experts on the most important religious traditions of the world.
The term Akashic Records originates from the Indian word Akasha, which gained a new meaning after its adoption by the Theosophical Society. The first part of the text explains the origin of the concept of both Akasha and the Akashic Records. The article argues that the transformation was influenced by elements from philosophy and physics, as well as by the Christian doctrine of predestination. The final part of the article then describes an example of how concepts similar to the Akashic Records still appeared in the 20th century.