Beneath the surface of the New Age movement
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The paper begins with several definitions of the New Age movement, both from writers within the movement and critics of it. Then key New Age beliefs and ideas are discussed, such as the ultimate oneness of all things, reincarnation, crystals, channeling, and the harmonic convergence. Next, articles discussing new Age from popular newspapers and magazines are analyzed. The lighthearted tone and general lack of depth in most of these articles is criticized. The third section of the paper looks at how ideas of Christianity are undermined by the New Age movement and the use of deceptive and confusing language are discussed. This movement, with poorly defined ideas and many contradictions, is gaining popularity in our spiritually-hungry society. The conclusion raises the question of where this might lead.