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New Age, Paganism & Gnosticism

An American Hodgepodge of Religious Kookery

Jason M. Morgan

January-February 2022

The temptation to be religiously promiscuous is simply how Protestantism works. Once the individual is the axis, the whole world takes the shape of the ego exalted.

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Centurions of the New Age
October 2016

A "humanitarian" blogger calls the Prayer of the Centurion (Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof) one of the "most destructive phrases in human history."

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The Energy of the Universe Flows Around the Bishops' Blockage

REIKI BY ANY OTHER NAME?

Hurd Baruch with Moira Noonan

May 2010

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Tibetan Flags Over Berkeley

ON RELIGIOUS KITSCH & FALSE PAGANISM

Arturo Vasquez

February 2009

People whose ideological forebears fought so hard to keep religion out of the public sphere are now flying Tibetan prayer flags.

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On Retreat With Sister Rupp

EXERCISES IN TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Ginger Hutton

June 2008

This popular author and conference speaker, with a master’s in transpersonal psychology, is an evangelist for New Age syncretism.

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Human Sacrifice on the Altar of Gaia

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

June 2008

Like the eugenics juggernaut of a century ago, the 'deep ecology' juggernaut presents us with the same evil program: population control.

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Our Pantheistic Sisters

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

February 2008

Green sisters have reinterpreted their vows in light of Fr. Thomas Berry's "new evolutionary cosmological consciousness."

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The Fr. Richard Rohr Phenomenon

FOR THE SIMPLE-MINDED

Bryce Sibley

March 2006

He refers to God as Mother, encourages homosexual advocacy, denies the spiritual reality of Original Sin, and denies the necessity of the Cross for redemption.

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Yoga & Christianity

ARE THEY COMPATIBLE?

Joel S. Peters

February 2006

The Church advises caution about using spiritual, meditative, or mystical practices that are devoid of a distinctly Christian context.

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"An Ancient Structure to Beckon Gods"
November 2005

The labyrinth is "a large, complex circle which is an ancient symbol of the Divine Mother, the God within, the Goddess..."

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Pagans, Liturgists & The Transcendent

GUEST COLIMN

Dale Price

March 2005

The timeless vertical nature of worship is almost entirely gone, and the liturgists and architects either don't see it or (much more likely) don't care.

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Errors & Deception in The Da Vinci Code

A BROWN OUT

Larry A. Carstens

February 2005

Dan Brown refuses to speak to anyone who challenges him, or to appear in any but the most friendly and fawning of venues.

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New Age Traps

WHY BE SUCKERED?

Anne Feaster

February 2005

Catholics need not look to revamped pagan religions for spiritual enrichment, especially since these religions contain grave error.

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Quantum Spirituality
April 2004

"Did you ever wonder why we no longer hear teaching on serious personal sin?"

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Pagans or Apostates?

PLATO VS. DEWEY

Alice von Hildebrand

March 2004

When it comes to the science of living (wisdom), we would do well to acknowledge that our ancestors, who could not fly to the moon, knew better than we how to live.

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The Neo-Pagans Are Giving Ancient Paganism a Bad Name

SEND AWAY THE CLOWNS

Terence Gallagher

February 2003

The rise of para-pagan cults is related to the demise of the classical basis of liberal education, and the loss of a common sense of what the pagans were.

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A New Mary Magdalen

FROM THE DETRITUS OF ANCIENT GNOSTICISM

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

November 2002

A new, unheard-of Magdalen emerges from the detritus of antiquity — unheard of by you and me because she comes straight out of the ancient Gnostics.

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Fire Alarms in the Night
April 2002

Stratford Caldecott calls for a "new movement" that amounts to a New Ager-Catholic dialogue.

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Beware! The New Age Movement Is More Than Self-Indulgent Silliness

TYRANNY IN THE NAME OF TOLERANCE

Lee Penn

July/August 2000

New Age teachers invert Christian doctrine about sin, the Devil, and the Fall.

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"Deja Vu All Over Again": The Return of Paganism

GUEST COLUMN

Joseph Collison

February 1999

The Roman historian Livy observed: "We can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them."

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The United Religions Initiative, A Bridge Back to Gnosticism

"IF I'M WRONG, I'M DEAD WRONG" -- BISHOP SWING

Lee Penn

December 1998

Episcopal Bishop Swing said the world needs “a global soul,” to be created by conferences, fundraising, and declarations.

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The Infantile Illusion of Omnipotence & the Modern Ideology of Science

NOTES ON GNOSTICISM

Christopher Lasch

October 1986

Renewed scholarly interest in gnosticism has been, for the most part, remarkably sympathetic, as if it represented an important corrective and alternative to Christianity.

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Is Christianity the Same as Buddhism Underneath?

SEARCHING FOR THE REAL GOD

Thomas W. Case

May 1986

By some stretch of the imagination, Buddhism can be chopped down to fit Christianity, but Christianity cannot be chopped down to fit Buddhism.

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Private Revelations: Authentic, Paranormal & Preternatural

THE ODD CASE OF ADRIENNE VON SPEYR -- PART I

Richard E. Gallagher

Pseudo-mystical phenomena have occurred in cases of seemingly pious individuals who are unwittingly tricked by demons, sometimes for years.

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