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CHAPTER 10: Fundamentals of the New Age. cultural expansion New Age cultural contraction fundamentalism & evangelicalism Softening the Boundaries--New Spirituality and the Emerging Church. New Age Movement since the 60s. energy healing chakras & crystals channeling

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CHAPTER 10: Fundamentals of the New Age


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    1. CHAPTER 10: Fundamentals of the New Age • cultural expansion • New Age • cultural contraction • fundamentalism & evangelicalism • Softening the Boundaries--New Spirituality and the Emerging Church

    2. New Age Movement since the 60s • energy healing • chakras & crystals • channeling • Helen Schucman – A Course In Miracles • UFOs & otherworldly visitors • Shirley MacLaine – Out on a Limb

    3. Religious Roots of the New Age • Transcendentalists • New Thought • Theosophists • “I AM” Movement – Guy Ballard • Arcane School – Alice Bailey • Asian & Native American teachers

    4. Cultural Roots of the New Age • quantum physics • humanistic psychology • parapsychology • holistic healers • astrologers • ecological movement

    5. New Age Beliefs • expectation of a new age • desire to find God/Self within • correspondence • power of Mind • combination

    6. New Age Rhetoric • “energy” • “healing” • “harmony” • “universe” • “planet” • earth as a living being

    7. Types of New Age Ritual Work • harmony with the material world • Reiki • mental journey to nonmaterial worlds • New Age shamanism

    8. Conservative Protestantism in the 1940s • Fundamentalists • American Council of Christian Churches • Evangelicals • National Association of Evangelicals • Christianity Today • Billy Graham

    9. Search for Conservative Identity • premillennial dispensationalism • rapture • Left Behind series • literal belief in the Bible • separatist tendency

    10. Trends in Conservative Christianity • regional religion • megachurches • dominion theology • charismatic experience

    11. Conservative Evangelism • electronic church • Christian radio • televangelism • internet ministries • Christian booksellers

    12. Christian Right • Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority • Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition • Condemnation of secular humanism • creationism • countertrend: Sojourners

    13. Conservative Religion • centrality of Jesus • “born again” rhetoric • missions & revivals • Bible study & prayer • Personal holiness

    14. New Spirituality and the Emerging Church • Changing patterns in American religion • Softening boundaries and moving away from poles • Incorporating culture

    15. New Spirituality • New Age dissolving into new spirituality • “Sheilaism” • generation of seekers • widespread beliefs • self-help • energy • holistic healing

    16. Emerging Church • Evangelicals and postmodernism • Salvation from postmodernism • Learning from postmodernism • Being both evangelical and postmodern • Prophetic impulse • Restoring early church practices • "Candles and incense" • Being missional • Postevangelicalism and (liberal) politics

    17. Similarities of Conservative Christians & New Agers • millennial themes • direct experience • personal transformation • ongoing revelation • language of healing

    18. OVERVIEW Expansion New Age new spirituality channeling energy & healing self-help Contraction Fundamentalism Evangelicalism Christian Right Bible & Jesus millennial themes • Combination and loosening boundaries • New Spirituality • Emerging Church