Publication Date

1-1-1988

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

McNiece, James

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of English

Abstract

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.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

33 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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