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The Making of the New Spirituality

James A Herrick

The Making of the New Spirituality

James A Herrick

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A 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist!

One of Preaching magazine's 2004 "Top Ten Books Every Preacher Should Read"!
  • Neo-paganism.
  • The paranormal.
  • Astrology.
  • Nature religion.
  • Holistic thinking.
  • Healing.
  • New Age.
  • New spirituality.
A massive shift in Western religious attitudes has taken place almost without our noticing it. The Judeo-Christian tradition of Western culture has slowly but steadily been eclipsed by a new way of viewing spirituality.

This shift has been in the making for some three hundred years. James A. Herrick tells the story of how the old view has been dismantled and a new one created not primarily through academic or institutional channels but by means of popular religious media--books, speeches, magazines and pamphlets, as well as movies, plays, music, radio interviews, television programs and websites.

Although the new spirituality is diffuse and eclectic in its sources and manifestations, Herrick demonstrates a significant convergence of ideas, beliefs, assumptions, convictions and images in the myriad ways this New Religious Synthesis makes its way into our culture. In fact, the new spirituality, says Herrick, directly calls into question each major tenet of Judeo-Christian tradition and so represents a radical alternative to it.

Interest in spirituality increases while participation in institutional religion wanes. Many welcome this evolution of religion. However, few are familiar with its roots, and fewer still have critically examined its prospects. As we stand at a spiritual crossroad, Herrick questions whether we are wise to discard the Western religious tradition and adopt the new spirituality.

- Publisher Acknowledgments1. Introduction: A Changing View of the Spiritual WorldSpiritual Changes: A New Age of Belief?Bestsellers and Blockbusters: Spirituality Goes PublicTalking About SpiritualityThe Revealed World and the New Religious SynthesisGoals of the Study2. Antecedents of the New Religious Synthesis: A Brief History of Alternative Spirituality in the WestSpiritual Communities in the Middle AgesMagic and the Hermetic TraditionKabbalah: Secrets in the PentateuchNeo-Platonism and Magical ScienceEuropean MysticismHumanism and the Rise of Biblical CriticismConclusion3. The Rise of Biblical Criticism: Allegory, Myth, Codes and the End of HistoryThomas Woolston and the English DeistsLessing, Strauss and German CriticismJohn Shelby Spong Rescues the BibleMichael Drosnin's The Bible CodeConclusion4. The Ascent of Reason: Birth of a DeityPeter AnnetVoltaire and Liberated ReasonThomas De QuinceyAmerican New Thought: Minds as Divine Healing ForceAyn Rand's Argument for ReasonConclusion5. Science and Shifting Paradigms: Salvation in a New CosmosThomas Paine on the Hope of ScienceRobert Green Ingersoll: Science and DeliveranceCarl Sagan: From The Demon-Haunted World to Alien ContactThe New Physics: Science and Ancient WisdomConclusion6. Evolution and Advancement: The Darwins' Spiritual LegacyErasmus DarwinLamarck and SpencerCharles Darwin: Naturalist ProphetThe Spiritual Vision of Darwin's Early DefendersJulian Huxley: Transhumanism and the Moral ElitePierre Teilhard de Chardin: Reaching the Omega PointJames H. Austin: Evolving Brain, Evolving SpiritJames Redfield: The Celestine ProphetScience Fiction and Human Evolutionary DestinyConclusion7. Pantheism in the Modern World: Nature or GodSpinoza and TolandRalph Waldo EmersonErnst Haeckel and The Riddle of the UniverseBergson and ShawA New Pantheistic PhysicsConclusion8. The Rebirth of Gnosticism: The Secret Path to Self-SalvationThe Fundamentals of GnosticismJacob Ilive: Enlightenment GnosticismJoseph Smith's Yankee GnosticismCarl Jung and the Gnostic ImpulseJean Houston: Gnosticism and the New AgeScience Fiction: The Final Gnostic FrontierConclusion9. Modern Shamanism: Spirit Contact and Spiritual ProgressEmanuel SwedenborgVictorian Shamans: Occultism, Theosophy and SpiritualismJohn Mack and UFO AbductionPaul Ferrini and the Jesus PhenomenonConclusion10. The Mystical Path to Pluralism: Discovering That All Is One in ReligionAn Original ReligionR. M. BuckeFrithjof Schuon and Transcendent Religious UnityJoseph Campbell: The Perennial Philosophy as Pluralistic HopeMarcus Borg and Jesus the Spirit PersonConclusion11. Conclusion: A New Spirituality for a New AgeTaking Leave of HistoryThe Advent of ReasonTheological ScienceSpiritual EvolutionPantheismThe New GnosisShamans and the Spiritual FutureMystical PluralismFinal Considerations: A New and Better Way?NotesIndex of NamesIndex of Subjects

- Publisher

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About "The Making of the New Spirituality"

A 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist!

One of Preaching magazine's 2004 "Top Ten Books Every Preacher Should Read"!

  • Neo-paganism.
  • The paranormal.
  • Astrology.
  • Nature religion.
  • Holistic thinking.
  • Healing.
  • New Age.
  • New spirituality.
A massive shift in Western religious attitudes has taken place almost without our noticing it. The Judeo-Christian tradition of Western culture has slowly but steadily been eclipsed by a new way of viewing spirituality.

This shift has been in the making for some three hundred years. James A. Herrick tells the story of how the old view has been dismantled and a new one created not primarily through academic or institutional channels but by means of popular religious media--books, speeches, magazines and pamphlets, as well as movies, plays, music, radio interviews, television programs and websites.

Although the new spirituality is diffuse and eclectic in its sources and manifestations, Herrick demonstrates a significant convergence of ideas, beliefs, assumptions, convictions and images in the myriad ways this New Religious Synthesis makes its way into our culture. In fact, the new spirituality, says Herrick, directly calls into question each major tenet of Judeo-Christian tradition and so represents a radical alternative to it.

Interest in spirituality increases while participation in institutional religion wanes. Many welcome this evolution of religion. However, few are familiar with its roots, and fewer still have critically examined its prospects. As we stand at a spiritual crossroad, Herrick questions whether we are wise to discard the Western religious tradition and adopt the new spirituality.
- Publisher

Acknowledgments1. Introduction: A Changing View of the Spiritual WorldSpiritual Changes: A New Age of Belief?Bestsellers and Blockbusters: Spirituality Goes PublicTalking About SpiritualityThe Revealed World and the New Religious SynthesisGoals of the Study2. Antecedents of the New Religious Synthesis: A Brief History of Alternative Spirituality in the WestSpiritual Communities in the Middle AgesMagic and the Hermetic TraditionKabbalah: Secrets in the PentateuchNeo-Platonism and Magical ScienceEuropean MysticismHumanism and the Rise of Biblical CriticismConclusion3. The Rise of Biblical Criticism: Allegory, Myth, Codes and the End of HistoryThomas Woolston and the English DeistsLessing, Strauss and German CriticismJohn Shelby Spong Rescues the BibleMichael Drosnin's The Bible CodeConclusion4. The Ascent of Reason: Birth of a DeityPeter AnnetVoltaire and Liberated ReasonThomas De QuinceyAmerican New Thought: Minds as Divine Healing ForceAyn Rand's Argument for ReasonConclusion5. Science and Shifting Paradigms: Salvation in a New CosmosThomas Paine on the Hope of ScienceRobert Green Ingersoll: Science and DeliveranceCarl Sagan: From The Demon-Haunted World to Alien ContactThe New Physics: Science and Ancient WisdomConclusion6. Evolution and Advancement: The Darwins' Spiritual LegacyErasmus DarwinLamarck and SpencerCharles Darwin: Naturalist ProphetThe Spiritual Vision of Darwin's Early DefendersJulian Huxley: Transhumanism and the Moral ElitePierre Teilhard de Chardin: Reaching the Omega PointJames H. Austin: Evolving Brain, Evolving SpiritJames Redfield: The Celestine ProphetScience Fiction and Human Evolutionary DestinyConclusion7. Pantheism in the Modern World: Nature or GodSpinoza and TolandRalph Waldo EmersonErnst Haeckel and The Riddle of the UniverseBergson and ShawA New Pantheistic PhysicsConclusion8. The Rebirth of Gnosticism: The Secret Path to Self-SalvationThe Fundamentals of GnosticismJacob Ilive: Enlightenment GnosticismJoseph Smith's Yankee GnosticismCarl Jung and the Gnostic ImpulseJean Houston: Gnosticism and the New AgeScience Fiction: The Final Gnostic FrontierConclusion9. Modern Shamanism: Spirit Contact and Spiritual ProgressEmanuel SwedenborgVictorian Shamans: Occultism, Theosophy and SpiritualismJohn Mack and UFO AbductionPaul Ferrini and the Jesus PhenomenonConclusion10. The Mystical Path to Pluralism: Discovering That All Is One in ReligionAn Original ReligionR. M. BuckeFrithjof Schuon and Transcendent Religious UnityJoseph Campbell: The Perennial Philosophy as Pluralistic HopeMarcus Borg and Jesus the Spirit PersonConclusion11. Conclusion: A New Spirituality for a New AgeTaking Leave of HistoryThe Advent of ReasonTheological ScienceSpiritual EvolutionPantheismThe New GnosisShamans and the Spiritual FutureMystical PluralismFinal Considerations: A New and Better Way?NotesIndex of NamesIndex of Subjects
- Publisher

Meet the Author

James A Herrick

James A. Herrick (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is Guy VanderJagt Professor of Communication at Hope College, Michigan. He is the 2007 recipient of the Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award. He is a specialist in Rhetoric, Argumentation and the development of spiritualities through mythologies. Some of his recent publications include The Radical Rhetoric of the English Deists (University of South Carolina Press), Argumentation (Strata), The History and Theory of Rhetoric (Allyn & Bacon), Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs (IVP Books) and The Making of the New Spirituality (IVP Books).

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction: A Changing View Of The Spiritual World
  • Spiritual Changes: A New Age Of Belief?
  • Bestsellers And Blockbusters: Spirituality Goes Public
  • Talking About Spirituality
  • The Revealed World And The New Religious Synthesis
  • Goals Of The Study
  • 2. Antecedents Of The New Religious Synthesis: A Brief History Of Alternative Spirituality In The West
  • Spiritual Communities In The Middle Ages
  • Magic And The Hermetic Tradition
  • Kabbalah: Secrets In The Pentateuch
  • Neo-platonism And Magical Science
  • European Mysticism
  • Humanism And The Rise Of Biblical Criticism
  • Conclusion
  • 3. The Rise Of Biblical Criticism: Allegory, Myth, Codes And The End Of History
  • Thomas Woolston And The English Deists
  • Lessing, Strauss And German Criticism
  • John Shelby Spong Rescues The Bible
  • Michael Drosnin's the Bible Code
  • Conclusion
  • 4. The Ascent Of Reason: Birth Of A Deity
  • Peter Annet
  • Voltaire And Liberated Reason
  • Thomas De Quincey
  • American New Thought: Minds As Divine Healing Force
  • Ayn Rand's Argument For Reason
  • Conclusion
  • 5. Science And Shifting Paradigms: Salvation In A New Cosmos
  • Thomas Paine On The Hope Of Science
  • Robert Green Ingersoll: Science And Deliverance
  • Carl Sagan: From the Demon-haunted World To Alien contact
  • The New Physics: Science And Ancient Wisdom
  • Conclusion
  • 6. Evolution And Advancement: The Darwins' Spiritual Legacy
  • Erasmus Darwin
  • Lamarck And Spencer
  • Charles Darwin: Naturalist Prophet
  • The Spiritual Vision Of Darwin's Early Defenders
  • Julian Huxley: Transhumanism And The Moral Elite
  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin: Reaching The Omega Point
  • James H. Austin: Evolving Brain, Evolving Spirit
  • James Redfield: The Celestine Prophet
  • Science Fiction And Human Evolutionary Destiny
  • Conclusion
  • 7. Pantheism In The Modern World: Nature Or God
  • Spinoza And Toland
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Ernst Haeckel And the Riddle Of The Universe
  • Bergson And Shaw
  • A New Pantheistic Physics
  • Conclusion
  • 8. The Rebirth Of Gnosticism: The Secret Path To Self-salvation
  • The Fundamentals Of Gnosticism
  • Jacob Ilive: Enlightenment Gnosticism
  • Joseph Smith's Yankee Gnosticism
  • Carl Jung And The Gnostic Impulse
  • Jean Houston: Gnosticism And The New Age
  • Science Fiction: The Final Gnostic Frontier
  • Conclusion
  • 9. Modern Shamanism: Spirit Contact And Spiritual Progress
  • Emanuel Swedenborg
  • Victorian Shamans: Occultism, Theosophy And Spiritualism
  • John Mack And Ufo Abduction
  • Paul Ferrini And The Jesus Phenomenon
  • Conclusion
  • 10. The Mystical Path To Pluralism: Discovering That All Is One In Religion
  • An Original Religion
  • R. M. Bucke
  • Frithjof Schuon And Transcendent Religious Unity
  • Joseph Campbell: The Perennial Philosophy As Pluralistic Hope
  • Marcus Borg And Jesus The Spirit Person
  • Conclusion
  • 11. Conclusion: A New Spirituality For A New Age
  • Taking Leave Of History
  • The Advent Of Reason
  • Theological Science
  • Spiritual Evolution
  • Pantheism
  • The New Gnosis
  • Shamans And The Spiritual Future
  • Mystical Pluralism
  • Final Considerations: A New And Better Way?
  • Notes
  • Index Of Names
  • Index Of Subjects

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  • Catalogue Code 222474
  • Product Code 0830832793
  • EAN 9780830832798
  • Pages 331
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Dec 2004
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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