Book Reviews Archive

The Origin of Satan

Professor Elaine Pagels, well-known for her contributions to the study of early Christian-era Gnostic movements and documents, has produced a gracefully written study of the development and utilization of one of the prominent figures of Christian literature and theology — “the Adversary,” the Diabolos, or Satan. As she indicates in her introduction, her interest in […]

The Seat of the Soul

Gary Zukav, whose book The Dancing Wu Li Masters brought him notoriety in 1979, has written a new best seller — The Seat of the Soul. In it he suggests that humanity is now evolving from a “five­sensory” species that pursues external power (i.e., domination over the environment and other people) into a “multisensory” species […]

The Reincarnation Sensation

What do pro­ducer George Lucas, actress Shirley MacLaine, ac­tor Sylvester Stallone, singer Loretta Lynn, industrialist Henry Ford, philosopher John Hick, and “prophet” Edgar Cayce have in com­mon? They — along with about 25 percent of all Americans — believe in some form of incarnation. According to Norman Geisler and J. Yutaka Amano, there are ten […]

The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement

In the early years of this century, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) became the second-in-command in Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic movement. In 1913 Jung broke with Freud and established his own movement, called analytic psychology. Although Freud’s importance in the history of psychology has been much greater than Jung’s, in recent decades the former’s influence […]

Truth in Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity at Truth

When it comes to the fields of philosophy and classical literature, Mortimer J. Adler is considered nearly an institution. During his illustrious academic career Adler has written some 46 books (many of them best sellers) and was the associate editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World. Adler’s writings are well known […]

The Works of M. Scott Peck

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal Winter/Spring (1988). The full text of the article can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ Dr. M. Scott Peck was catapulted to notoriety through the runaway sales of The Road Less Traveled (1978, Simon […]

Lord, I Need a Miracle

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 16, number 1 (1993). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “Lord, I need a miracle!” How often have you heard those words? More to the point, how often have you uttered those words? Sooner or later as […]

Welcome, Holy Spirit

Just a few miles from Pastor Benny Hinn’s Orlando Christian Center (now called World Outreach Center) in Florida, at Universal Studios, one can see what, at first glance and from a distance, looks like a New York street. A closer look reveals cleverly built facades with nothing behind them. Hinn’s latest literary offering, Welcome, Holy […]

“Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity” and “Trinity and Process”

ONENESS PENTACOSTALS AND THE TRINITY- IntroductionIn his book Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity (hereafter OPT), Gregory Boyd, assistant professor of theology at Bethel College, clearly explains and effectively refutes a modern-day version of an ancient heresy: modalism, or what Boyd refers to as the Oneness heresy. Modalism made its first appearance in the third century […]

A Brief History of Everything

Some people love to heap accolades on Ken Wilber. Indeed, Jean Houston has called him “the Einstein of consciousness.” Meanwhile, author Michael Murphy says this book is “a work of unparalleled scope and integrative vision.” Since Wilber published The Spectrum of Consciousness in 1977, he has been hailed as a brilliant pioneer in the quest […]