Understanding the New
© 1993 Russell Chandler
Zondervan Publishing House
Grand Rapids, MI
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1. New Age movement. 2. United States Religion 1960.
BP605.N48C52 || LC: 93-19903 || ISBN: 0-310-38561-X || OCLC: 18070207 || 367 p.
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To my mother, Mary Beth Chandler, ..... with affection and gratitude
Table of Contents
From the Back Cover of the Book
Preface and Acknowledgments 9
THE NEW AGE AND YOU
1. Preview of the New Age 15
2. Prevalence of the New Age 19
3. Premises of the New Age 26
4. The Mind of the New Age 34
WHO AND WHAT IS THE NEW AGE?
5. Historical Roots 43
6. Headliners and Honchos 50
7. Gifted Gurus 57
8. Communes and Groups 66
9. Choosing a Channel 77
10. UFOs and ETIs 85
11. Harmonic Convergence 92
12. Crystal Consciousness and Pyramid Power 98
13. Native Americans and Shamans 105
14. Goddesses and Neopagans 112
THE LONG REACH OF THE NEW AGE
15. Commercial Appeal 121
16. Corporate Entities 135
17. Education, Music, and Art 143
18. Holistic Health and Healing 151
19. Psychology: Outside In 159
20. Science: Universal Mind Over Matter 167
21. The Politics of Mysticism 179
22. Religion and Churches 189
DISCERNING THE NEW AGE
23. Positive Images 203
24. Conspiracy Theories 210
25. Fakes, Frauds, and Placebos 217
26. Unproven Hypotheses and Non Sequiturs 227
27. Cautions and Dangers 234
28. Reincarnation or Resurrection? 242
29. Satan and the Problem of Evil 250
30. Absolute Relativity 257
THE SEARCH FOR TRANSCENDENCE IN THE NEW AGE
31. Beyond the Self 273
32. The Broad Way and the Narrow Way 283
33. The Man for All Ages 292
Notes (see each chapter) 301
Discussion Guide 345
From the Back Cover of the Book
We've all been touched by the New Age! Roughly 30 million Americans about one in four now believe in reincarnation, a key belief of the New Age. Two-thirds report having psychic experiences such as extra-sensory perception (ESP). The New Age profoundly influences music, television, movies, books, and products in every market.
But the New Age has become invisible. It has mainstreamed its way into culture. Now Russell Chandler takes his reader on a tour of the New Age influences at home, at school, and at work.
In Understanding the New Age, Russ Chandler writes about:
The New Age and holistic healing, channeling, art, and music
The New Age and the business world: books, magazines, and management programs
Scientific, psychological, and paranormal aspects of the New Age
The political agenda of the New Age movement
Chandler shows the creeping influences of the New Age today and the Christian response to them.
Russell Chandler was religion writer and award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times for 18 years. He is listed in "Who's Who in Religion," "Who's Who in American Journalism," and "Who's Who in America," and is regarded as "one of the finest voices in American journalism." He is the author of Racing Toward 2001 and Doomsday: The End of the World A View Through Time. Eight of his books are available for purchase at Bookfinder.com.
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