New Age Archive

Oprah Winfrey and Her Self-Help Saviors

This article first appeared in the Volume 23 / Number 4 / 2001 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: The weather was frigid in Chicago in January 1998, and the heat was out in the Robert Taylor Homes. Pipes froze and […]

Alternative Medicine

Summary Over the past decade, governmental agencies, medical schools, influential voices in the media, and the public at large have seen a remarkable surge of interest in alternative medicine in the United States. While many therapies focus on unproven but otherwise spiritually neutral approaches (for example, nutritional supplements), others arise from or validate worldviews — […]

How “New Age” is New Age Music?

There can be no disputing that the increasingly popular and profitable “New Age music” has roots in the New Age movement — the identical names are not a coincidence. The trend began with jazz luminaries like Paul Horn and John Fahey seeking to create music especially conducive to New Age spirituality. Then, as recounted by […]

Visualization (Part Two)

Summary Although visualization can be adapted to almost any philosophy, in its popular usage it is loosely tied to a monistic or pantheistic world view that sees humans as divine and creators of their own reality. The practice itself en-hances and perhaps even sets up the development of the monistic (“all is one”) states of […]

Visualization (Part One)

Summary Visualization is the use of mental concentration and directed imagery in the attempt to secure particular goals, whether physical, psychological, vocational, educational, or spiritual. Visualization attempts to program the mind to discover inner power and guidance. It is often used as a means to, or in conjunction with, altered states of consciousness (e.g., as […]

Public Education or Pagan Indoctrination?

Summary Public schools and children in America have become strategic targets for conversion to the ideology of the New Age movement. It can be conclusively demonstrated that occult, New Age philosophy and practices have been integrated into public educational curricula and programs. This intrusion is especially evident in certain health, guidance counseling, gifted, sex, and […]

Rescued from 20 Years in the New Age Movement

I was a true blue New Ager for 20 years. Over those years I had many experi­ences with spiritual powers — or “forces,” as they say. And I know they exist and are extremely powerful. If someone had told me at that time that I was tampering with Satan’s kingdom, I would have laughed in […]

Why I Talk with New Agers

This article first appeared in the Witnessing Tips column of the Christian Research Journal, volume12, number1 (1989). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Editor’s note: Dr. Gordon Lewis is professor of theology […]

Therapeutic Touch

Summary Therapeutic Touch, an intervention practiced by thousands of nurses worldwide, is being promoted by some as a unique contribution to the new “science of healing.” Others see it as nothing more than a timeworn technique rooted in a mystical mix of Eastern/occult philosophies. Significantly, Therapeutic Touch is one of the most visible examples of […]

The Best Books on the New Age Movement

Over the past few years, and particularly the past several months, the Christian market has been virtually glutted with books on the New Age movement (NAM). Certainly, the topic is broad enough and important enough to warrant several treatments of it. But it is becoming increasingly difficult for booksellers to stock all these titles, let […]