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About the Author

Douglas R. Groothuis (PhD, Philosophy, University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has also been a visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (Colorado Springs extension), Metropolitan State College of Denver, Westminster Theological Seminary (California campus), University of Oregon, New College Berkeley and Seattle Pacific University. His articles have been published in professional journals such as Religious Studies, Sophia, Theory and Research in Education, Philosophia Christi, Themelios, Think: A Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Christian Scholar's Review, Inquiry and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written several books, including Truth Decay, In Defense of Natural Theology (coeditor), Unmasking the New Age, Jesus in an Age of Controversy, Deceived by the Light, The Soul in Cyberspace, and, in the Wadsworth Philosophers Series, On Pascal and On Jesus.
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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (February 24, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877845689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877845683
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Groothuis on a fairly recent seminary visit and had the privilege of talking with him in his office for nearly an hour about things philosophical. Contrary to what a previous reviewer intimates regarding this particular book, Groothuis is one of the elite Christian scholars in regards to worldview issues, and his treatment of the New Age in this book, while somewhat dated, is outstanding. It engages in a respectful and sober discussion about the influence of the New Age upon our culture, and even within the church. As such, it is likely to make some Christian readers unhappy since it will likely challenge such readers who might be engaging in certain New Age practices to rethink such participation in light of the potent spiritual consequences.
This book attempts to describe New Age influence in public schools, and in the fields of medicine, science, politics, and American spirituality generally. I especially appreciated Groothuis's emphasis early on that he does not subscribe to a 'New Age conspiracy' which lends solid credibility to his approach. After reading the book, one might come away thinking that indeed such a conspiracy exists, but this is not the conclusion that Groothuis himself appears to subscribe to.
Groothuis's treatment of how the New Age is impacting the fields of science and politics were especially insightful. He properly points out in the field of science that while New Age influences have actually corrected a number of erroneous presuppositions held sacred by many secular humanists and naturalists, this does not compensate for the New Age's abandonment of truth and the resulting chaos it brings to any field of study if consistently followed.
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Douglas Groothuis wrote this analysis of the New Age movement nearly three decades ago. In it, he contrasts the New Age movement with the worldview presented in the Bible. Although some of the examples of specific New Age movements are dated, the analysis of the underlying presuppositions of New Age thinking and how these presuppositions differ from those of Christianity remain. While this is a fairly brief book and therefore at times paints specific aspects of New Age thinking with too broad a stroke, Groothuis is to the point in showing how New Age pantheism, with its fundamentally monistic view of the world, contrasts with biblical Christianity, in which God is Creator of a world that remains distinct from him, a world in which, although human beings are created in the image of God and redeemed humanity will again enter the presence of God, humans remain distinct from God and in no sense merge with him. As someone who as a young adult accepted many of the presuppositions of pantheism before my conversion to Christianity, I am sensitive to the fundamental distinctions between the two. Groothuis has done an excellent job of describing the gulf that separates New Age thought from historical Christianity. Whether you accept his worldview or not, his analysis of the differences is to the point.
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The New Age movement has been a growing concern to the contemporary Christian community, especially as it relates to psychology and the holistic forms of healing. For the most part, the current Christian bestsellers on the topic are paranoid about the movement, seeing the movement as a conspiracy of Satan working together like leaven to take over the kingdom of God. Many times psychology is placed right in the center of that Satanic movement.

Groothius' treatment of the New Age movement, however, is refreshing. He outlines six distinctive of New Age thinking (all is One, all is God, humanity if God, a change in consciousness, all religions are One, and cosmic evolutionary optimism), and then shows how these beliefs are both similar yet distinct from older forms of secular humanism. New Age thinking essentially is a development of the 60s' counter culture, though a symptom of much more: the breakdown of a meaningful pluralism in Western culture, the search for absolutes amidst diversity, the groping for meaning in the midst of meaninglessness and determinism. He cautions against conspiratory thinking, though demonstrates much networking throughout the movement.

New Age ideology has affected many areas. It has radically altered the way many scientists view the universe, from a more Newtonian perspective of cause and effect to a more mystical interpretation of relationship to the One. Groothius points out several problems with the new interpretation, as well as outlines some biblical guidelines for science.
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Although dated now, this is still a proper intro to the subject. The movement as Groothius points out is complex and dynamic, yet he provides the elements to it which can be flushed out throughout the culture.
How significant to reflect back how the infiltration of this movement into media and medicine and education and government is now so fully entrenched.
More to the point and more serious is this infiltration into the church, e.g. positive thinking. The comments here alone should awaken Christ's church to get rid of this leaven which is not new, just combination of old deceit with new terminology and players.
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