In this class session we completed our tour of Eastern Religions and started our study on the New Age Movement. The last Eastern Religion that we looked at was Zoroastrianism. What is important about this religion is the claim by some that it was the source of ideas for both Judism and Christianity. In truth, Judism and its belief in a Messiah probably influenced Zoroastrianism, which is why some of the beliefs seem similar. In turth the beliefs are wildly different from Christianity.
We also began our study of the New Age movement, which is generally a collection of Eastern-influenced metaphysical thought systems, a conglomeration of theologies, hopes, and expectations held together with an eclectic teaching of salvation, of “correct thinking,” and “correct knowledge.” We gave a brief overview and next week will start a more in depth study.
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For Further Study:
- Did Christianity Really Come From Zoroastrianism?”
- The New Age Movement
Gods of the New Age: New Age Brainwashing Exposed (1:46:30) This is an older yet excellent documentary that ties together our study of Eastern Religions and the links to the New Age Movement. It takes 15 seconds before you see or hear anything so be paitient.