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The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back, An Old Heresy for the New Age Paperback – 1 Dec 2012

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (1 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875522858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875522852
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alison Kefford on 22 Mar 2013
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What is happening around us is no accident! It starts with mind manipulation. No this is not science fiction or '1984'. It's far ,more serious than that. It's the ultimate battle that will end in the final defeat of satan and evil but meanwhile... the war is on!
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Solid Treatment of an Interesting Topic 5 Sep 2001
By Kathy F. Cannata - Published on Amazon.com
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A few of the reviews I read on amazon were so annoying, I thought I'd chime in. Sure, if you are a Gnostic you probably don't agree with Peter Jones' judgments. But don't try to belittle his intelligence or his command of the subject matter. He has a Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary, he's been a theology porfessor for years, and he has written a number of books on the topic. He knows the arguments and counter-arguments. If you disagree, just say so, but don' make these silly attacks on Dr. Jones' competence. He's very sharp.
I found the book to be a good introduction to the topic. I used it in an adult c.e. setting at our church, where we spent 13 weeks with it. Most folks appreciated the book and were challenged by it. It helped us understand the appeal of a puzzling movement, and how a neo-pagan worldview hangs together coherently.
It is concise, rather than comprehensive. It does not explore all the varieties of the New Age movement. Its not intended to do that. But its well worth the investment of a few hours of redaing time and a few dollars.
I bought extra copies for friends and for the church library.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Simple Introduction to a Fascinating Issue 29 April 2002
By thejazzdoctor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, Jones' parallels ancient Gnosticism with the current "New Age" movement. The book covers the roots of Gnosticism, the current New Age, and how the Church should respond to the current resurgence of what Jones' considers to be Gnosticism reborn.
The mixed review of the book really comes down to purpose: what purpose does the book serve? If one is looking for a pithy, easy to understand overview of the dangers of the New Age for a Christian, I would rate the book 5 out of 5: it is short, easy to read, and relatively light on detail. The language is very simple, and uses a vocabulary which is well within the grasp of the average reader, unlike some theological texts. If one reads the book as an academic treatise on Gnosticism and it's impact on the modern day Church, it's a clear 1 out of 5: that doesn't appear to be what the book sets out to do. Indeed, the preface of the book lays out the author's intention clearly: to clarify the situation, to warn the Church, and to encourage believers to "fight the good fight". In that measure, the book works very well indeed.
The book is very short (a minus if you're expecting lots of content - it can be read very quickly from cover to cover) and is written from an entirely Christian worldview. Thus, if you are looking for something to loan to Christian friends which talks about the New Age and how it impacts the Church today, buy it.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
"Heresy" is a four letter word! 2 Jun 1999
By Neal E Westfall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Peter Jones gives a fairly well researched analysis of the parallels between Gnosticism and the New Age movement. As the negative reviews of "Gnostic Empire Strikes Back," prove, Peter Jones is correct when he concludes that the New Age ideals of tolerance are only skin deep. How quickly the champions of pluralism and tolerance rise to the occasion to denounce Christians as "paranoid" and "narrow." Why not review the book instead of denouncing the author with the shibboleth of "fundamentalist"? It seems the only heresy today is orthodox Christianity.
The book is a short read, really just a quick historical overview of Gnosticism and an analysis of the parallels between it and New Age spirituality. It is not a comprehensive study into either Gnosticism or New Age thought, but an introduction primarily intended for Christians. It is a bit dated, having been published in 1992, but still applies nonetheless.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Succinct Overview of Gnostic & New Age Beliefs 27 Feb 2007
By Angela J. Zaev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a fast read to get a taste of growing and prevalent trends within our culture and seeping into our churches, look no further. In just 5 chapters Peter Jones introduces the reader to a varied and expansive field with an aim (from the tail-end of the intro.) to:

* clarify the true nature of forces opposing Christians today
* warn the church
* encourage Christian believers

Each chapter contains a detailed notes section which the reader can use for a more in depth study. Since this book was published in 1992, undoubtedly some of the examples and book references may appear somewhat "dated,' but still very relevant.

Some key topics touched on in this study are:

* diversity and "kaleidoscope" of ideas found within Gnostic & new age teachings
* Nag Hammadi texts and the idea that believers find salvationnthrough self-actualization and realization
* the "light" (presumably of truh) is within you
* serpent motif
* prayer/ chanting
* reincarnation
* "Christ consciousness"
* feminism
* Hindu chakras
* Goddess worship
* Liberal theology & the hypothetical "Q" document

As you can see in this list, Jones tackles a wide field in a great short work. Just enough for a starting place.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A call to Christians 4 Nov 2005
By Matthew Baire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a warning to Christians that the old heresy of Gnosticism is back with a vengeance. This work is very concise (I read it in a couple of hours the first time) yet thorough in it's examination of this branch of the apostate church. Not intended to be comprehensive, it achieves it's objective of sounding an informative warning that the Christian church be on it's guard concerning an enemy that is difficult to pin down.

Through the generous use of footnotes, Mr. Jones points the reader in the right direction for further investigation of the evidence he claims ties much of the new age movement to ancient gnosticism. His simple, straightforward writing style make this book an easy read. Written in 1992, many of his conclusions seem prophetic today.

I recommend you buy this thought-provoking little book and make up your own mind.
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