- The secret history of how mysticism shaped our nation.
As a Christian, I read this for educational purposes, not for inspiration. It's a fascinating journey through the obviously occult, such as ouija boards and freemasonry, to quite a range of very bright seekers who wrote major books and gave major lectures on movements such as New Thought, New Age, and other groups who disobeyed Revelation 22:18, adding significantly to the prophetic in the Bible, and thereby risking plagues. I learned about Ernest Holmes, Frank B Robinson (Psychiana), Manley P Hall, and some less savory misguided individuals, as well as religious science, Christian Science, and other fringe movements. In many cases, these people were desperately seeking spirituality, yet had failed to find it in the Christian Church (where it is most fully realized) and that is often the church's fault.
Yet I have serious concerns. It seems that Horowitz is quite ready to accept supernatural power and insight emanating from occult sources such as Tarot cards, horoscopes, the Zodiac/astrology, just as many of the characters on the book. What he doesn't investigate is the source of occult power. The Bible warns us explicitly against meddling in all such dangerous activities - suggesting that occult power is real. Christians believe that there is a continual war between these powers of darkness and the powers of light. We call it 'spiritual warfare.' The powers of darkness are inspired and led by Satan/the devil/Lucifer. Acceptance of the existence of this demonic power explains so much in our broken world. That articulate men of intelligence would align themselves with such powers can only mean one thing: they don't realize where the occult power comes from.
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