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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

The New Age

Just a quote from Sam Harris that made me chuckle. Especially the first line!

The New Age has offered little progress in this regard, because it has made spiritual life seem generally synonymous with the forfeiture of brain cells. Most of the beliefs and practices that have been designated as "spiritual," in this New Age or in any other, have arisen and thrive in a perfect vacuum of critical intelligence. Indeed, many New Age ideas are so ridiculous as to produce terror in otherwise dispassionate men.

"The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason" by Sam Harris

Anyway, I've added it to: "TheNew Age and Satanism" by Vexen Crabtree (2004)

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Considering some of the crap I've heard coming from new age types I'd agree with that totally. Fairies and Unicorns still existing etc etc. And then they claim to be a real religion, rather than crap for people mentally in trouble and needing something that extreme to keep their heads working or they may well have to actually deal with their problems like the rest of us.

Makes the rest of us look bad I tell ya ;)

... made-up physics, words like 'energy' used in a mind-bogglingly irrational and ignorant way, psuedo-science...

Anton LaVey said something like ... "pop occultism is fodder for nincompoops" ... and "if magicians go straight to the point, new agers are maze-makers".

Indeed. Energy is simply a blanket word when you shift away from the physics. Same as vibes really, but at least vibes is a fun word ;)

Unfortunately, and this is a sad thing to admit, occultism is often used to detract people from serious trauma they have suffered. Rather than healing properly they get their power back through new-age means. Whilst it works for them it means they'll forever have a problem when their little bubble meets that big bubble we call reality.

It's sad, but ultimately stupid, that these people think they can be whole again through occultism rather than actually getting better and thus becoming whole again. And I am a pagan. I had a little trouble myself with this subject ( thankfully not as bad as some ) before I sorted my poo out ;)

I love that! I'm going to submit it to wurds, with credit to you, naturally.

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Yes he did; if you can stomach more of the same, try "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam" by Robert Spencer. (And check out his 'Jihad Watch' community (see my profile)). It is similarly reactionary but more educating on the specifics of Muslim theology.

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