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Unmasking the New Age Paperback – February 24, 1986
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Was not Jesus a New Age rebel against the traditional religion of authority He grew up with? And aren't the non-conformists referred to as "hippies" in the 60's and 70's what the... Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Knight Poet
The author writes for a specific audience, the fearful and narrow minded. He may have information about groups and ideas, but is sadly lacking in any real understanding or depth of... Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by madhuri
Until about 1958, I might have shared the beliefs in this book. A lot has happened during the past half-century that is not specifically detailed in the Bronze Age scribblings... Read morePublished on July 2, 2006 by Cline Clark
Sorry, but I have read many books on this subject and although he may have written this book for all the right reasons, I cannot believe some of the stuff he says in his book. Read morePublished on July 6, 2004 by K. Weems
I did not like this book because as many others like it, it sifts through the different kind of spiritual teachings gathered under the name "New Age". Read morePublished on November 17, 2001