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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089283756X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892837564
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, is a popular host on the EWTN Catholic television network and founder and president of Ignatius Productions, a Catholic media production apostolate. A respected biblical scholar and speaker, he serves as senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is fluent in twelve languages and has led more than fifty pilgrimages to holy sites around the world. He resides in Irondale, Alabama.

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FATHER MITCH PACWA, S.J. is a respected Scripture Scholar, Author, and popular EWTN Television and Radio Host, as well as the founder and President of IGNATIUS PRODUCTIONS www.fathermitchpacwa.org - a teaching and media apostolate. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Jesuit Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then continued his studies. He received his Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts, Ph.D. in Old Testament. Father Pacwa has taught at the high school, university, and seminary levels. He has lectured at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world and is best known for his appearances on EWTN - The Global Catholic Television Network www.ewtn.com. Father Pacwa is fluent in twelve languages and has a unique understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East and is respected for his knowledge on Islam and the Qur'an. Father Pacwa serves as Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and has led thousands of pilgrims to holy sites around the world. He is also has the privilege of being bi-ritual, which means he can also celebrate the Maronite Mass of the Eastern Catholic Church. Father Pacwa is also the author of many books and can be found here on Amazon Author's Page.

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This is very educational for me.
Jessica W.
They were just VERY ignorant regarding Catholic truth, and also regarding the dangers of the New Age.
bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff
I bought this book back in 1992 because I was about to attend a workshop Fr.
Robert K. Andrepont

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107 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Tan on August 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Pacwa, a Jesuit priest, gives a balanced and systematic treatment of the New Age movement. There are no emotional tirades and scathing attacks. This book is rigorous and scholarly (includes endnotes, a glossary and bibliography) yet very readable. He gives the history and logical arguments against these practices. This book is not just a good read. It's also good to give away to those who need it and good as a reference as well.
Pacwa exposes the roots of New Age infiltration into the Catholic Church. It's a controversial topic but he makes it pretty clear that using something like the Enneagram (a typology purporting that there are 9 types of characters) just doesn't square with being Catholic. Seen in the light of Tradition and Scripture, which Fr. Pacwa makes reference to, this and all New Age practices are dubious at best and diabolical at worst.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff VINE VOICE on April 9, 2007
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This is an incredibly important book for Catholics to read. For some reason I cannot explain, many Catholics, including my parents when I was growing up, were and are deeply interested in the occult and new age spirituality. It is VERY dangerous stuff.

My parents bought me my first set of runes, and my first Ouija board. I do not think they were being willfully evil. They were just VERY ignorant regarding Catholic truth, and also regarding the dangers of the New Age.

Luckily, when I was in my late 20s, I met a wonderful and faithful priest who also went though a period of experimentation with "crystals" and "runes" and other garbage when he was a teenager. He walked me through the dangers and pitfalls such approaches to "spirituality" present. The interesting thing was, in my heart of hearts, I always knew that my parents and I were offending Jesus with the actions we were taking. I just KNEW I was doing something wrong, despite my parents' tacit approval and even encouragement. All Father had to do was bring out of me the answers I already had on my heart. He gently led me to repentance, and then forgiveness in Christ Jesus.

Still, until recently, I had never known anyone whose life was ruined because the New Age. However, I can now say that the New Age is destroying people in my family. I have several family members hopelessly fascinated with this stuff. Some have had tragedies in their lives and are unable to really heal and deal with the ramifications of such deep personal loss because they are holding on to their loved ones with seances and other inappropriate forms of spiritualism and communication with the dead.
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119 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Moser on August 8, 2001
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I just finished this book and I have to say that I am amazed at the angry negative reviews I've read on this page. Folks, if crystals, horoscopes, tarot cards and contemplating one's navel are now considered (as was suggested in one review) modern, cutting edge psychology, then our society is in deep doo-doo. We should be furious that this mumbo jumbo has infiltrated the once respectable field of psychology, but the priest who wrote this book shows absolutely no anger towards the new age movement with which he experimented for a while. It seems clear to me that as he grew spiritually, he simply tired of the shallow, simplistic, ego-centric silliness of the new age - just as a boy becoming a young man tires of playing with the toys of his childhood.
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74 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1998
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Father Pacwa is one of the few Christian writers, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, who is able to write about the subject without losing his readers in a web of delusional conspiracy theories. He assesses the dangers, philisophical implications, and silliness of many aspects of New Age culture, and relates them to his own life experiences. This book is already a Christian classic.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2003
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I happen to know Father Pawca and have heard him speak on this subject. He is, contrary to those detractors who added their opinions, a world renown expert on the subject of this book. This so-called valid and "cutting edge" psychology mentioned by these pseudo-intellectuals is nothing more than unproven designer science that offers no hope of actually helping people.
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71 of 88 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2003
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I believe that the New Age is a subtle diabolical movement, that mixes up all the religions of the world into one deceptive cocktail of demonic lies. The following are some of the things that New agers believe. At the end are the biblical references which refute these lies.
A. All is one (monism). Reality is a seamless garment. (Gen. 1:1ff.)
B. All is God (pantheism). God is an all-pervading impersonal Energy, Force or Consciousness. (Rom.1:18-32)
C. Self-deification/self-salvation. We look within for power, knowledge and healing. (Ezek. 28:1-9; Eph. 2:8-10)
D. Paranormal potential. We can experience ESP, telepathy, spirit-contact (spiritism), etc. (Deut. 18:9-14)
E. Ethical relativism. Moral absolutes can be transcended. (Matt.5:17-20; Rom. 13:8-10)
F. Cosmic evolutionism. The human race is progressing toward a "New Age" of planetary peace and prosperity. (1 Thess. 5:3; Matt. 24:3-31).
G. Religious syncretism. All religions are really one, and teach the above (A-F). Jesus was just one of many mystical masters. Reincarnation is stressed. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Heb. 9:27)
God bless, and buy this book.
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