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The Old Age New Age Movement

Article Index
The Old Age New Age Movement
Background
Beliefs
Source of Authority
God
Jesus Christ
Sin and Salvation
Good and Evil
Future Life (Reincarnation)
Conclusion

The New Age Movement is "the most dangerous enemy of Christianity in the world today,...more dangerous than secular humanism." This is the knowledgeable opinion of Norman L. Geisler, professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas (Tex.) Theological Seminary.

Many people have never heard of the New Age Movement. Its philosophy, however, has been around for a long time, and specific groups are now aligning with it. In his 1978 book, New Age Politics, Mark Satin cited resources of "250 New Age Books/20 Interesting Books by Some Early American Advocates of 'New Age Politics'/50 New Age Periodicals/100 New Age Groups." In the years since, the publications and groups seem to have exploded on the scene. Various names are associated with the movement, such as Alice Bailey, Benjamin Creme, David Spangler, Levi Dowling, George Trevelyan, Fritjof Capra, Abraham Maslow, Marilyn Ferguson, Shirley MacLaine and George Lucas.

Various symbols are used by the New Agers. In Smugglers From the East, Don Morris -- co-pastor of First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa -- recites some of the most frequently used signs: "Rainbow, pyramid, triangle, eye in triangle, unicorn, yin-yang (two black and white comma shapes nestled together in a circle), goat head on pentagram, and even 666 worked into art."

Morris is quick to caution -- as are most observers -- that a person must not make the mistake, however, of assuming that the appearance of one of these symbols necessarily means that the person associated with it is part of the New Age Movement.

The New Age mind-set has touched almost every area of life: education, culture, history, religion, politics, psychology, science and health.

The Movement has no central headquarters; therefore, no leadership or membership lists are available. So we have no clear statistics that tell us how many people are followers. Some have sought to determine the number of adherents by other means, such as by finding out how many people hold to one or more of the major beliefs of the New Age.

Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy, cites "a Gallup poll released in February, 1978, [which] reported that ten million Americans were engaged in some aspect of Eastern religion." New Age has much in common with Eastern religions, so the number of followers of one is likely an accurate measure of the number of followers of the other. But from all the evidence, that number has taken a quantum leap in the years since that poll.

Robert J. L. Burrows, editor of publications for Spiritual Counterfeits Project (Berkley, Calif.), says, "The Christian film Gods of the New Age, arrived at a figure of 60 million [aligned with the New Age Movement] by using a similar poll that suggested 23 percent of Americans believe in reincarnation."

Television networks in America seek to be as up-to-date as possible on the interest of their viewers. They know about the population's fascination with New Age views. Shirley MacLaine, actress, author and promoter of New Age beliefs, wrote concerning the interest in making a film of her book, Out on a Limb: "They (ABC-TV) spoke of metaphysical searching being popular now and extraterrestrials and UFOs as something the public was genuinely interested in." The network was correct in its assessment, and the miniseries Out on a Limb (aired Jan. 1987) greatly aided in further popularizing the beliefs of the New Age.

But what really laid the groundwork for this Movement -- a movement that emphasizes the mental and spiritual dimensions of mankind and a movement whose beliefs are contrary to biblical Christianity?