The New Age Movement

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by Paul Brock  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 16, 2021   

Oprah Winfrey and Thomas Merton

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If there was an official leader of the New Age movement, right under the Devil himself, it would be Oprah Winfrey.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is a self-described Christian who's been profiled as the world's most powerful and influential woman by both Marxists and conservatives — and although she publicly claims to be a Christian, she denies Christ virtually every single time she's on TV. 

A little over a decade ago, Oprah did this very thing on her own show, saying about the path to God: "There couldn't possibly be just one way." 

In the 14th chapter of St. John's Gospel, Jesus is asked: "How can we know the way?" 

His answer: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me." 

In 2003, the Vatican released a six-year study titled Jesus Christ: The Bearer of the Water of Life. This 90-page document served as what the Vatican called a Christian reflection on the New Age. 

In it, the document states: "New Age traditions consciously and deliberately blur real differences: between creator and creation, between humanity and nature, between religion and psychology, between subjective and objective reality." 

The Vatican document goes on to state that contrary to the Christian tradition, "New Age thrives on confusion." It even calls the movement "a contemporary form of pantheism." 

Another aspect of New Age thought ... is the idea of 'the Age of Enlightenment,' in which Satanism is named as 'one of its extreme forms.'

This pantheism is what Oprah and her fellow New Age travelers consistently vomit out of their mouths

Another aspect of New Age thought, according to the Vatican document, is the idea of "the Age of Enlightenment," in which Satanism is named as "one of its extreme forms." 

Ironically, this new Age of Enlightenment is nothing new at all, but rather comes from the past Enlightenment era of the 17th and 18th centuries. 

One of the many errors the New Age adopts from the Enlightenment era is sentimentalism, which says that man's passions (or his personal feelings and emotions) act as the dictator of truth. David Hume for instance, a sentimentalist, wrote in his 1739 book A Treatise of Human Nature, that "Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions."  

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Again, this is another key element of Oprah's teachings. For Oprah and other intellectually dead New Agers like Eckhart Tolle, God is reduced to merely a feeling experience

Hume's sentimentalism and modern-day New Age thought results in the passions running completely wild with nothing to ground them. 

This age attempts to end religion, and more specifically, Catholicism.

In opposition to these hedonistic ideas, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that "it belongs to the perfection of the moral or human good that the passions be governed by reason." 

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Thomas Merton

Over the past decades, as the New Age Movement gained more and more traction, its ideology became ingrained in the culture, and especially in the music industry. 

In 1969, the band 5th Dimension released its album: "The Age of Aquarius." One of the songs on the album, "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," even won the Grammy award for the record of the year. In the song, the group sings: "This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius." 

This so-called age of Aquarius typifies the New Age Movement, as noted in the 2003 Vatican document, which states: "The Age of Aquarius is conceived as one which will replace the predominantly Christian Age of Pisces." 

This age attempts to end religion, and more specifically, Catholicism. 

The movement seems to have had, and continues to have its impact as more and more Americans walk away from religion, and specifically Christianity

According to Statista, the No. 1 global business data platform, over the past roughly 70 years in the United States:

  • Self-described Protestants have plummeted from 69% to 37%
  • Self-described Catholics have remained the same at 22%
  • The nonreligious are outpacing by far all others, going from 2% to a full 20% today

And breaking down the actual beliefs of the self-described Christians in America, of the 37% of Protestants and 22% of Catholics (59% in total), just 6% of Americans have a biblical worldview — so it proves that the roughly 60% of American "Christians" simply identify with Christianity but don't actually practice their faith.

In the Catholic Church, the New Age movement has poisoned many unfaithful priests and bishops, and it's even defended and promoted by some so-called Catholic news outlets.

Immediately after the Vatican released its 2003 document condemning New Age practices, the Tablet, a left-wing, self-described Catholic newspaper, denied the Vatican's findings saying "there is never any doubt in the document that New Age is incompatible with and hostile to the core beliefs of Christianity." 

Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, a faithful Jesuit out of the archdiocese of Detroit, who saw the negative impact New Age was having on the Faith, followed and studied the movement for decades. He traced the non-Christian movement within Christianity back to one man: "I think the leader of the New Age Movement, who has since died, was a Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton."

Watch the full episode of Mic'd Up—The New Age Movement.

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