By Marcia Montenegro, former professional astrologer (page 5 of 5)


Article Notes

  1.  J. Gordon Melton, Jerome Clark, and Aidan A. Kelly, New Age Encyclopedia (Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1990), xxii-xxiii.
  2. Ibid., xxiii; Ankerberg 442; this view is a form of Gnostic duality between matter and spirit, a trademark of New Thought and later, the New Age, which adopted many New Thought ideas.
  3. Ankerberg, 442.
  4. Ibid., 441.
  5. Ibid.; Helen Keller was a member of this church.
  6. Melton, 287.
  7. Ibid., xxiii.
  8. Richard Kyle, The Religious Fringe: A History of Alternative Religions in America (Downers Grove:. InterVarsity Press, 1993), 116.
  9. Spiritualism, a developing religion of the 1800s focused on contact with the dead, influenced the forerunners and early leaders of New Thought.
  10. Kyle, 117.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1999) 350, 552, 554; Kyle, 118.
  14. Kyle, 118.
  15. Ankerberg, 350-351.
  16. Ibid., 341, 342, 345, 349, 552.
  17. There are several New Thought offshoots but the three addressed here are the largest and most well-known.
  18. Kyle, 121, 123, 125.
  19. Ibid., 121, 123.
  20. Ibid. The view that the physical world does not have material reality is also found in nondualistic Hinduism and strongly implied in Buddhism. This view has been adopted in various forms by many New Age followers.
  21. Ibid., 124; Ankerberg, 106.
  22. Kyle, 124.
  23. Ibid. The teaching that Christ is a principle is also found in the New Age, which adopted many New Thought beliefs. Christ is a principle (also consciousness) that Jesus the man was able to understand, attain, and teach.
  24. Kyle, 124; Ankerberg, 106.
  25. Kyle, 121; 123.
  26. Kyle, 119. However, Charles Fillmore withdrew Unity from the International New Thought Alliance in 1922 due to his disagreement with some of its teachings; see Ankerberg, 541. Despite this, Unity still encapsulates many New Thought views and can be categorized under the broader umbrella of New Thought.
  27. Ibid., Ankerberg, 546-548.
  28. Ankerberg, 542.
  29. Ibid., 547-552.
  30. An affirmation is a statement expressing the reality of a desire as having come to pass and which one repeats to oneself or writes down over and over, believing that doing so will manifest it into material reality. Example: "I have a two week vacation to Hawaii." This is done whether one is saving up for a trip or not; the idea is that the belief in and expectation of having this will cause it to come about.
  31. Unity of Indianapolis flyer, (March, 1984); Ankerberg, 552.
  32. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 in New York by Madame Helena Blavatsky, includes Hindu-based beliefs combined with a belief that humanity is being guided by disembodied, enlightened "Masters" and other esoteric beliefs. Theosophy greatly influenced early thinkers of the New Age movement. For a fascinating history of Theosophy, see Peter Washington's Madame Blavatsky's Baboon (Schocken, 1996).
  33. Ankerberg, 391, 393, 402; Kyle, 120, 121.
  34. With spokespersons such as Kenneth Hagin, Charles Capps, and Kenneth Copeland, the Word of Faith movement within the church emphasizes positive words and thoughts to attract health and wealth, and is often referred to as "Name it and claim it," the "Health and Wealth Gospel," "Positive Confession," or the "Prosperity Gospel." For connections between this movement and New Thought, see Ankerberg, 547-548. Additionally, in A Different Gospel, author D. R. McConnell presents the case that the roots of the Word of Faith and prosperity teachings are the New Thought cults.
  35. Ankerberg, 393-395.
  36. Ankerberg, 542; Kyle, 118; Melton, 365; Rhonda Byrne, The Secret (Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Words Publishing, 2006).
  37. Ankerberg, 542.
  38. Christian author and columnist Anne Lamott highly recommends Emmet Fox.
  39. Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life (New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1989), 4, 13, 89.
  40. Ibid., 4.
  41. Ibid., 129.
  42. Ibid., 158-159.
  43. Ibid., 128.
  44. Emmet Fox, Around the Year With Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992, paperback ed.), 81.
  45. Kim Blakely, "The Most Influential Women In Media," July 14, 2009, Forbes, (accessed August 13, 2010).
  46. Eric Butterworth, Discover the Power Within You: A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within (San Francisco/ HarperSanFrancisco, 1989).
  47. "The Oprah Winfrey Show," April 9, 2008.
  48. Butterworth, 12, 137.
  49. Ibid., 193; 13, 136.
  50. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, eds., The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 1983), 158.
  51. Ibid.
  52. Charles F. Pfeiffer and Everett F. Harrison, eds., The Wycliffe Bible Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1990), 966.
  53. This has widespread use in the New Age as well.
  54. Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III, eds., Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, 1998), 479.
  55. Wycliffe Bible Commentary, 1056.
  56. Ryken, 479.
  57. One may doubt the sincerity of the Pharisees' query since they were usually seeking to trap or trick Jesus with difficult questions (Matthew 12:14, 16:1, 22:15; Luke 11:54, 20:20).


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