Occult America

Occult America

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Americans have long had a fixation with the occult. Now, well-known writer and expert on the occult Mitch Horowitz presents a meticulously researched, compulsively readable history of the mystical and spiritual experience in our country. Focusing on the tremendous impact that nineteenth-century movements such as Freemasonry, Spiritualism, and transcendentalism have had on America, Horowitz explains the origins of the Ouija board, the political influence of Spiritualism on the Senate, and the source of the mysterious slogan on the back of the dollar bill. The colorful cast of characters extends from those on the margins of documented history to famous heroes like Abraham Lincoln. Occult America will appeal to history buffs, spirituality enthusiasts, and everyone who savors fascinating narrative nonfiction.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio : 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781441711106
Branch Call Number: CDBK130 H785o
Characteristics: 9 compact discs : 10 hours, 30 mins

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tonycopple
Jun 02, 2015

- 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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