New Age Movement The Search for Inner Divinity St. Maurice & St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church October 21, 2008 Introduction to New Age Timing Culture PoliticalSystems Acclaimed failure of organized religion Spiritual hunger Marginal believers New Age Spirituality What is new about New Age? What does it offer? Enchantment Harmony & Understanding Health Wholeness Fundamental Principles Global response in time of Crisis Formation of worldwide network Encourage study and benefit from all religions To investigate unexplained laws of nature and powers hidden in humans Central Themes the cosmos is seen as an organic whole it is animated by an Energy, which is also identified as the divine Soul or Spirit much authority is given to the mediation of various spiritual entities humans are capable of ascending to invisible higher spheres, and of controlling their own lives beyond death there is held to be a “recurrent knowledge” which pre-dates and is superior to all religions and cultures people follow enlightened masters What New Age says about … The human person God Christ HolySpirit The World New Age Spirituality - Critique Spiritual Narcissism (egotism, selfishness, self-absorption) The cosmic Christ The god-within, theosis Spirituality as relationship Christianity & New Age in Contrast Jesus Christ or Aquarius? Is God personal or a force? One universal being or billions? Do we save our selves or is salvation a free gift from God? Christianity & New Age in Contrast Do we invent truth or embrace it? Who do we talk to in prayer? Do we avoid social commitment or seek it? Is our future in the stars or do we help construct it? What the Church can learn from New Age Spiritualthirst of humanity Keeping religion real Avoiding scandals Personalizing God within the bigger community Noticing forgotten or disenfranchised individuals Source http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical _councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interel g_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html Glory to God forever.
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