Some books found in a moderately sized Christian bookstore (The Gathering, Reseda, CA) tha
Some books found in a moderately sized Christian bookstore
(The Gathering, Reseda, CA) that are anti-New Age, Occult
Ankerberg, John and Weldon, John:
FACTS ON THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT
Library of Congress shelf # -none given-
ISBN # 0-89081-711-1
Publisher:Harvest House/Anker Books series
A thin book that provides an Evangelical Christian "Catechism"
on the so called "New Age Conspiracy". Mostly a "refutation" based
on doctrinal differences rather than a conspiracy book, it
however has a few touches of the paranoia so rampant in some of
the other books on this list.
Carr, Joseph: THE LUCIFER CONNECTION
Library of Congress shelf # 87-81608
ISBN # 0-910311-42-0
Publisher: Huntington House
This is one of the many books that advance the theory that the
entire New Age movement is a coherent, organized conspiracy to
enthrone the Antichrist. This is the case with over half of the
books on this list.
THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW
Library of Congress shelf # 83-80044
ISBN # 0-910311-03-X
Publisher: Huntington House
This is, with "The Beautiful Side Of Evil" the two "bibles" of
the "New Age as Satanic Conspiracy" movement. It was published
around the time that Benjamin Creme had first begun advertising
that "The Christ is now here" in 1982. I was still a Messianic
Jew at the time and was expecting the events in the Book of
Revelation to happen any minute. The world-wide TV broadcast
with "Maitreya the Christ" speaking in every language in use
on the globe that Creme had predicted never happened, and upon
reading this again after all these years and my falling out
with the "Born-Again Christian/Messianic Jewish" movement it
all seems so silly. Mrs. Cumbey had done "exhaustive research"
reportedly on this book, which I think probably consisted of
misreading Yelena P. Blavatsky (Blavatskaya) and Alice Bailey
and making the assumption that EVERYONE in the New Age move-
ment followed their sometimes spurious teachings. This is
a mild book, however, compared to the twin tomes written by
Texe Marris, which will be discussed later.
CONFRONTING THE NEW AGE
Library of Congress shelf # 88-13016
ISBN # 0-8308-1223-7
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
This is primarily meant as a doctrinal aid for "witnessing" or
proselytizing, among the various stripes of New Agers and Crystal
Weenies and Human Potential enthusiasts. It is not very strident
or offensive, but rather makes the Christian case against things
like divination, Magick, Reincarnation and Metempsychosis, Yoga
and Visualization exercises in a reasonable manner. I disagree
with all of it, but it is written in such a non-hysterical,
logical way that I came away from it like I do when I agree to
differ with someone after a cool, rational debate. Perhaps it
doesn't even belong in this list.
LARSEN'S BOOK OF CULTS
Library of Congress shelf # 82-60018
ISBN # 0-8423-2104-7
The inquisitorial tone of this book is overwhelming and oppressive.
Although Rev. Larsen doesn't indulge in the conspiracy mongering
of a Texe Marris or a Constance Cumbey, he paints everything from
ancient, organized religions like Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism to
relatively new movements like "New Age" and human potential groups
and so on with the same brush...Satanic Cults. Even such innocuous
things as Martial Arts and the Society for Creative Anachronism
are labeled cults. Do you think that Wiccan Paganism and Shamanic
Paganism 'get off' here? Uh-uh. He rips through them as viciously
as Cotton Mather did in Puritan Salem. And you know what
DARK SECRETS OF THE NEW AGE
Library of Congress shelf # 86-72066
ISBN # 0-89107-421-X
and MYSTERY MARK OF THE NEW AGE
Library of Congress shelf # 87-72956
Publisher (both books): Crossway Books/Good News Publications
Hoo boy. This guy is off the wall, ceiling and floor, as my
former Bible teacher Jake would put it. Mr. Marris (is it Rev.
Marris? I forget...) takes the "New Age Satanic Conspiracy" ball
and runs with it farther and faster towards left field than any-
one I've read since Salem Kirban. (If you can find his books
SATAN'S ANGELS EXPOSED! and SATAN'S MUSIC EXPOSED! in a
Christian book store, read them once for the off-the-wall
kookieness factor.) He ties the whole "Conspiracy" with the
"antedeluvian" religion of Babylon that was presumed destroyed
with the Great Flood and was the cause of it in the first place,
according to him. He links up Benjamin Creme and his Tara
Foundation with the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Golden Dawn,
Judaism and the Qabala (yes this man is a RABID anti-Semite!)
Wicca, Shamanism, and of course the "Hanoi Janes" of these
conspiracy mongers, Marilyn Ferguson (author of THE AQUARIAN
CONSPIRACY and editor of the actually extremely useful BRAIN-
MIND BULLETIN) and Shirley Mac Laine. His "mystery mark" is
none other than the triangle-within-a-circle that has been
a symbol used in Christian iconography for millenia, and is
now a trademark of Alcoholics Anonymous. Oh, didn't you know?
They're part of the CONSPIRACY too! Spare me.
THE BEAUTIFUL SIDE OF EVIL
Library of Congress shelf # 82-82240
ISBN # 0-89081-322-1
Publisher: Harvest House
This is the second most influential of the "New Age Satanic
Conspiracy" books. This one is the story of the conversion
of a graduate of Silva Mind Control and a dabbler in Yoga,
Santeria, Espiritualisma, and Goddess knows what else, who
now lectures on the "Satanic" origins of these practices.
It ends with a "Sinners' Prayer," indicating that this is
somehow meant for the unconverted, but sounds like so much
preaching TO the converted. It is largely unsubstantial, and
if it wasn't for Hal Lindsay's (author of THE LATE GREAT
PLANET EARTH, among other books...his SATAN IS ALIVE AND
WELL ON PLANET EARTH is the granddaddy of all the "New Age
Satanic Conspiracy" books and available at practically any
bookshop, Christian or secular) endorsement would probably
not have gotten as popular as it is now. It's simply not
Library of Congress shelf # 87-81660
ISBN (Trade Paperback) # 0-89081-630-1
ISBN (Hardcover) # 0-89081-702-2
Publisher: Harvest House
This book reads like transcripts to Geraldo Rivera's Satanism
special. Ms. Stratford has been discredited from here to
there and back again, and still her tale of growing up in the
alleged "Satanic Worship Network" is taken as gospel by a lot
of Born-Agains. Ms. Stratford was even interviewed as an expert
on "Satanic Baby Breeding" on said special. It's lurid alright.
The prose is comparable to a Weekly World News story, and is full
of sex and drugs and orgies of sacrifice and...sex and drugs.
Is this Christian pornography? You bet. Is it for real? Very
doubtful. Does she hint around about a connection between her
"Satanists" and Wiccan Paganism? But of course. No mention of
the "New Age Satanic Conspiracy" though...amazing. Then again
I only skimmed the thing.
These are only nine books carried by a bookstore/giftshop that is
rather small compared to the biggest one in the San Fernando Valley,
Valley Book And Bible, and the even bigger ones in Orange County.
There are in excess of fifty books out on the subject of the "New Age
Satanic Conspiracy" alone, and even more on the subject of "Cults"
and "Satan". Authors like Dr. Walter Martin and Rev. Bob Larsen have
made this subject their life's work. There is a whole FidoNet Echo
devoted to Christian "cult fighting" called Cult Watch. Those who are
getting this factsheet through X-HATE6.ARC and are familiar with
the X-Hate series (Christian Hate literature) know all this too well.
The Los Angeles branch of the Cult Awareness Network defines the
word "Cult" as an organization that uses brainwashing, mind control,
fraud, and physical and/or mental violence to find and keep members.
The various Christian "cult fighters" by and large believe that any
group that doesn't adhere to the tenets of Evangelical Christianity
is a "Cult". I am devoting a lot of time to letting people know that
there is a big difference between these two positions, and that the
latter assertions are a danger to the religious freedom on which
this country was founded, and is guaranteed under the 1st Amendment
to the Constitution.
Anyone who wishes to discuss this further should write me at
Box 2273, Van Nuys, CA 91404-2273.
Another resource for information on Christian hate groups and
hate literature is Cult Watch Response, Box 1842, Colorado Springs,
CA 80901, attention Gerald Bliss.
The X-Hate Archives are available through the former address by sending
me three 5 1/4" double sided/double density diskettes and either a
stamped, self-addressed diskette mailer that can hold three diskettes,
$1.25 in stamps plus $1.00 cash, check or M.O. for the mailer, or $2.25.
The disks will include all six of the X-Hate archives and the public
domain program ARCE.COM by Vernon Buerg which will extract all the
ASCII text files from the disks. Contents of each archive will take up
one DS/DD floppy each (360K.) The program and the files are useable
by MSDOS/PC-XT-AT Compatible computers, but once unpacked from the
archives the files can be read by any computer that reads ASCII files,
and can be transferred via modem or by computer-to-computer linkup
through a null modem. Conversion programs to translate these text files
into EBCDIC-readable format (used by IBM and other mainframes) are
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