NEW THOUGHT: MAKING THE STRAIGHT WAYS CROOKED - A Warning for
By Marcia Montenegro, former professional astrologer (page 5 of 5)
- J. Gordon Melton, Jerome Clark, and Aidan A. Kelly, New
Age Encyclopedia (Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1990), xxii-xxiii.
- 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.
- Ankerberg, 442.
- Ibid., 441.
- Ibid.; Helen Keller was a member of this church.
- Melton, 287.
- Ibid., xxiii.
- Richard Kyle, The Religious Fringe: A History of Alternative
Religions in America (Downers Grove:. InterVarsity Press, 1993),
- Spiritualism, a developing religion of the 1800s focused on
contact with the dead, influenced the forerunners and early leaders
of New Thought.
- Kyle, 117.
- John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Encyclopedia of Cults and New
Religions (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1999) 350, 552,
554; Kyle, 118.
- Kyle, 118.
- Ankerberg, 350-351.
- Ibid., 341, 342, 345, 349, 552.
- There are several New Thought offshoots but the three addressed
here are the largest and most well-known.
- Kyle, 121, 123, 125.
- Ibid., 121, 123.
- 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
- Ibid., 124; Ankerberg, 106.
- Kyle, 124.
- 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.
- Kyle, 124; Ankerberg, 106.
- Kyle, 121; 123.
- 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.
- Ibid., Ankerberg, 546-548.
- Ankerberg, 542.
- Ibid., 547-552.
- 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
- Unity of Indianapolis flyer, (March, 1984); Ankerberg, 552.
- 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,
- Ankerberg, 391, 393, 402; Kyle, 120, 121.
- 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.
- Ankerberg, 393-395.
- Ankerberg, 542; Kyle, 118; Melton, 365; Rhonda Byrne, The Secret
(Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Words Publishing, 2006).
- Ankerberg, 542.
- Christian author and columnist Anne Lamott highly recommends
- Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life
(New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1989), 4, 13, 89.
- Ibid., 4.
- Ibid., 129.
- Ibid., 158-159.
- Ibid., 128.
- Emmet Fox, Around the Year With Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily
Readings (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992, paperback ed.),
- Kim Blakely, "The Most Influential Women In Media," July 14,
(accessed August 13, 2010).
- Eric Butterworth, Discover the Power Within You: A Guide to the
Unexplored Depths Within (San Francisco/ HarperSanFrancisco, 1989).
- "The Oprah Winfrey Show," April 9, 2008.
- Butterworth, 12, 137.
- Ibid., 193; 13, 136.
- John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, eds., The Bible Knowledge
Commentary: New Testament (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 1983),
- Charles F. Pfeiffer and Everett F. Harrison, eds., The Wycliffe
Bible Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1990), 966.
- This has widespread use in the New Age as well.
- Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III, eds.,
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (Downers Grove: InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship, 1998), 479.
- Wycliffe Bible Commentary, 1056.
- Ryken, 479.
- 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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