A Worldview in Conflict

Looking at James Redfield’s Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight (This originally appeared in the Spring 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) By Sarah Flashing Just imagine . . . You are Indiana Jones on an adventure seeking to discover a lost civilization. On part of the journey, you run through a cave that leads to an exciting, mythical world. Well into the excursion, you race through corridors … Continue reading

Do All Roads Lead to God?

“All roads lead to God” was the prevailing idea and guiding principle at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions (October 15-19, 2015) in Salt Lake City, UT. One of the first things an attendee saw when they arrived to register was a Jain Temple built in the entry hall of the Salt Palace Convention Center, oftentimes complete with Jains performing their worship rituals. The Jains also had a booth in the exhibition hall and … Continue reading

A Comparison of the New Age Movement and Christian Theology

(Originally printed in the Fall 2009 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Writing a comparison of the New Age Movement (NAM) and Christian theology is challenging, since NAM is so nebulous and diverse. NAM’s roots go as far back as the Garden of Eden, with the old lie, “… you will be like God …” (Gen 3:5 1 ), and it has borrowed from many other philosophies and religions throughout the years—Transcendentalism, Spiri­tualism, New Thought/Mind Science, … Continue reading

The Celestine Prophecy: A Handbook to a New Age World View

(This originally appeared in the November/December 1997 MCOI Journal) Learning to see energy around plants and people, feeling that the universe is an extension of your body, being guided by whatever might first come to your mind at the moment — what if you were told that these were spiritual teachings? These and other similar ideas can be found in the bestselling book. The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield. On the surface, it is a … Continue reading

Different Spokes for Different Folks

(This originally appeared in the September/October 1997 MCOI Journal) “There is a yellow one, who won’t accept the black one, who won’t accept the red one, who won’t accept the white one … there is the long hair, who doesn’t like the short hair, for being such a rich one, that will not help the poor one; different strokes for different folks, and so on and so on …” These words are from the song, … Continue reading

From Worshipping Idols to Worshipping the One True God

By Ravi Narasimham (Originally printed in the November/December 1996 Issue of the MCOI Journal) I was born into a Brahman family 27 years ago, one the most orthodox castes of Hinduism in India. I was raised by parents and grandparents who adhered to high moral standards. As the first grandson born to my loving grandparents, and had the privilege of visiting several sacred Hindu places and participating in rituals with them. My grandparents followed a … Continue reading