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Box Office Pantheism
Critiques of Avatar's spirituality should be winsome—and prophetic
Mar. 8, 2010 - Avatar, the most profitable movie in history, will undeniably undermine Christian thought. According to Movieguide, the film "has an abhorrent New Age, pagan, anti-capitalist worldview that promotes goddess worship and the destruction of the human race."
- What all this amounts to, grumbled New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, is Cameron's "long apologia for pantheism," which has been "Hollywood's religion of choice for a generation now."
However, the Christian debate is not only about the content of the movie, but about how Christians should engage the culture when something as powerful as this story affects millions of impressionable minds. One school of thought is to ignore and abstain from seeing the movie. The second approach is to view movies with a purpose of honest discovery and analysis of their contents from a Christian point of view. The article suggests that both groups can learn something from the other.
- With the engager's vision and the separatists' instinct, the church and its moviegoers can navigate Hollywood's muddled spiritualities with rigor and grace.
- Source: Christianity Today
Christian apologists: Be careful with Oprah's spiritual teachings
Jan. 26, 2010 - Renowned apologist Josh McDowell and up-and-coming apologist Dave Sterrett addressed a crowd of more than 1,500 people at McLean Bible Church outside Washington DC last friday.They have written a book called, "Oh God: A Dialogue on Truth on Oprah's Spirituality", that warns Christians not to accept her panthiestic spiritual teachings.
The book contains many exact quotes from Oprah and the authors she promotes on their views of spirituality. She teaches that there are multiple paths to reach God.
- She also emphasises that people should carry out their inner longings instead of restraining themselves if the act is said to be a sin by the Bible.
- Source: Michelle A Vu - Christianity Today
Questions And Links For New Age Spirituality
These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Search the links section to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian apologists.
New Age Spirituality Links
4Truth.net: A Reasoned Defense of Christianity
- Southern Baptist – North American Mission Board
- "Challenging believers to think and thinkers to believe."
- Harry Edwards - Founder
- Ray Comfort's blog
The Bereans Apologetics Research Ministry*
Bible Answer Man - See Christian Research Institute below
Center for Christ and Culture
- The teaching ministry of S. Michael Craven, a Christian cultural apologist.
Christian Colligation of Apologetics Debate, Research and Evangelism (CADRE)
- Topical answers and lists of resources
The Center For Christian Apologetics
- A mega-site providing biblical answers to contemporary questions for all ages and nationalities with over 45-thousand files.
- Menu - Bible and Theology Questions
Christian Research Institute (CRI)
- Home of the "Bible Answer Man" radio program with Hank Hanegraaff. Publisher of the "Christian Research Journal." They have a large searchable database with helpful articles on all aspects of apologetics.
European Leadership Forum
- Bridging the needs of evangelical leaders and some of the world's best resources.
Evangelical Philosophical Society
- Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) is an organization of professional scholars devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence in both the church and the academy. Interested laypersons can join as full, associate, or student members.
- "Earnestly Contend For The Faith" - Online articles, books, and digital lecture downloads from Robert Morey and the staff.
- 183,234 Bible Questions Answered!
Lifeway Article Repository on Apologetics
Walter Martin's Religious InfoNet
Josh McDowell Ministry
- Serving others until the whole world hears
- Find a wealth of useful information from Chuck Missler. His unique approach and insights make him one of the most popular teachers of our time. This website includes audio files. Selected articles from Personal Update, read by 100,000 subscribers, are also available.
Reasonable Faith - With William Lane Craig
- ...providing an articulate, intelligent voice in defense of biblical Christianity in the public square
Reasons To Believe
- Biblical creation teaching from the perspective that astronomy and other scientific disciplines prove that the earth and Universe are billions of years old. Dr. Hugh Ross is President and Director of Research.
Stand To Reason
- This is the website for "Stand To Reason" radio show and host Greg Koukl. Koukl and other faculty members offer lectures and seminars geared towards helping Christians gain practical tools they need to make a difference in their world.
Lee Strobel - Investigating Faith
- Find answers to your faith questions
- Summit Ministries
- An educational Christian ministry helping students and Christian leaders defend their biblical worldview.
The Truth Project
- From Focus on the Family - Dr. Del Tackett
- Watchman Fellowship
- - Extensive website about new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age. James K. Walker is president of the organization.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
- A global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultural influencers throughout the world.
Definitions of New Age
- Web Definitions of New Age
- New Age Spirituality on YouTube
New Age Oprah on YouTube
There are a number of user-edited Internet encyclopedias, known as "wikis." These may be very helpful, but because of the input of multiple editors, they may be incorrect. Go to any of these wikis and do a search for "New Age Spirituality" or any other topic.
- Wikipedia article on New Age - General interest - May have non-Biblical point of view.
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