[Blueboard] Primer on New Age

Rowie Marquez jcf at pusit.admu.edu.ph
Tue Mar 9 16:32:00 PHT 2004


Jesuit Communications presents a Primer on New Age, prepared for the
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines by the Philippine
Province of the Society of Jesus.

 

Time and again throughout history men and women have dreamed about
coming to a “golden age” for humanity; about a happy, perfect world
without sickness, poverty, war, hunger, limitations, or divisions.

 

They would like to see the whole universe become transformed before
their eyes and changed into something radically new.  They would like to
be freed once and for all from the world’s problems.

 

This dream lives on and is stronger than ever today, at the beginning of
another millennium.  Our world, with its advanced technology but
spiritual hunger, experiences deep disappointment in the face of a
material well-being that cannot eradicate poverty, a freedom of choice
which is unable to remove its yoke of slavery, and a scientific
knowledge which cannot resolve its deep uncertainty.

 

A cultural, philosophical, and religious trend has been emerging since
the 1960s in reaction to the present state of humanity.  Its goal is to
push society towards a new awareness, towards a new type of spiritual
existence: We call this trend New Age and nowadays, many aspects of our
lives have felt in some way the effects of this trend.

 

This primer will address some of the most frequent questions about New
Age.  This is a complex theme that has filled the pages of many books.
Here, the aim is to clear up doubts that first arise among Catholic
Christians when the subject of New Age is brought up, and to extend an
invitation to all the Catholic Christian faithful and their pastors to
learn more about the New Age phenomenon.  The authors and publishers of
this primer strive to help God’s people understand how to address this
phenomenon that arises from some valid and even urgent concerns of human
beings, and yet, because of its erroneous teachings and the practices
that flow from these, threatens the integrity of the faith and morals of
our people.

 

Now available at JesCom (Sonolux), JMM (LHS), SM Megamall (5th Level
Bridgeway), SM North Edsa (Lower Ground), and soon in selected religious
and parish bookstores and major bookstores nationwide.

 

Rowie Gallos-Marquez

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc.

Tel Nos: 426-5971/72/26

Fax No.: 426-5970

 

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