The New Age Movement and the Biblical Worldview: Conflict and Dialogue

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1998 - Religion - 614 pages
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The postmodern claim that secular science, materialism, and traditional Christianity are defunct has produced a worldview crisis for contemporary society. Into the void has stepped the New Age movement to offer a widely held and growing alternative. According to John Newport, the influence of New Age beliefs on our culture -- and even the dilution of Christianity itself -- demands that they be scrutinized in the light of the Bible.

In this urgently needed work, Newport delivers a comprehensive presentation of the New Age movement and the impact of its beliefs on contemporary culture and Christianity, while also offering an effective, biblical antidote for today's worldview crisis. Newport first surveys the historical development of the New Age worldview, from ancient times through important tendencies in nineteenth-century America to its recent Far Eastern influences. He then explores eleven key areas of the New Age worldview and contrasts each area of belief with the traditional biblical worldview.

Thoroughly discussed are New Age consciousness, spiritism and channeling, magic and witchcraft, neopaganism and Satanism, New Age ecology, the New Age movement's influence on personal healthcare, New Age teachings on business and prosperity consciousness, New Age perspectives on education and science, and much more. Throughout, Newport maintains a fair dialogue with his subject matter while showing why this dialogue ought to bring renewed commitment to what the traditional biblical worldview has to say about each of these areas.

 

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A Ph.D. in New Testament studies, Newport delved more deeply into the area of world religions on a postdoctoral fellowship. While teaching and lecturing, he has encountered leaders of various facets ... Read full review

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Originally I was looking for Jane Robert's information in this book; I found the author relatively states objective description of Jane Robert and Seth material.
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structure, this book subjectively think Christianity is superior to other religions, paganism, new age cults and other ideas of metaphysical theories or ideas, which is disturbing to me while I assume that author can present evidence and leaves readers to judge for themselves.
Since I am not Christian, this book depict thorough ideas of Christianity theology. At the same time, I also got the chance to understand the development of New age in America thanks to author's erudition.
 

Contents

The New Age Movement
1
Tracing the Origins of New Age
19
A Worldview Crisis
40
Consciousness and Radical Transformation
53
Spiritism and Channeling vs Biblical Revelation and Prophecy
145
Magic Witchcraft Neopaganism and the Goddess Movement
212
Ecology and the New Age
274
Health and the New Age Worldview
324
Education
418
Science
446
The Arts
470
The Meaning of History
499
Modern Satanism and Black Magic
533
Critique and Transformation
596
Index
608
Copyright

The World of Business
382

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