New Age Worldview
New Age Worldview – Not an “Organized” Belief System
The New Age worldview is difficult to define as an integrated belief system, since most New Agers reject any notion of doctrine, creed, or organization. Our friends at Summit Ministries have helped us explain the basics of the New Age worldview across ten major categories. For comprehensive coverage of each concept, please click on READ MORE at the end of each paragraph.
New Age Worldview – The Individual Elements
"The New Age movement...is an extremely large, loosely structured network of organizations and individuals bound together by common values (based in mysticism and monism—the world view that 'all is one') and a common vision (a coming 'new age' of peace and mass enlightenment, the 'Age of Aquarius')." [A]ll New Agers believe that 'all is one'—everything that exists consists of one and the same essence or reality. A second assumption is that this Ultimate Reality is neither dead matter nor unconscious energy. It is Being, Awareness, and Bliss (which is to say, a Hindu conception of God as an impersonal, infinite consciousness and force). The first two assumptions imply two more: all that is, is God (which is pantheism); and man, a part of 'all that is,' is likewise divine...."1
New Age Theology – Pantheism
The New Age worldview believes all things are divine, or a part of God: people, rocks, trees, stars, etc. Since everything and everyone is a part of God we have to get in touch with the “god within” to achieve total cosmic unity. Some adherents of Cosmic Humanism resort to channeling, meditation, Ouija boards, or hallucinogenic drugs to contact the god within. READ MORE
New Age Philosophy – Non-Naturalism
Because New Agers believe God is in everything, and everything is a part of God, they must conclude that everything, in essence, is spiritual. The things that we can see and feel are only a manifestation of spirit, and all matter will melt away when universal consciousness is achieved. This view leads the New Ager to believe all matter can be controlled by an enlightened mind, one that is in touch with the god within. Health, wealth, relationships, etc. are all perceived as the result of “mind over matter.” READ MORE
New Age Ethics – Moral Relativism (Karma)
Since each individual is divine in the New Age, they need only get in touch with the universal god-consciousness within to act morally. According to this standard, virtually every mindset and action is justified – with the notable exception of adhering to a worldview that believes in moral absolutes (such a view supposedly stunts a person’s ethical progress). The aspect of karma says that the total effect of a person’s actions and conduct during each phase of existence determines the person’s destiny. READ MORE
New Age Science – Cosmic Evolution
The New Age worldview sees mankind as evolving from disharmony to harmony, until evolution has guided men and women out of the material into becoming completely spiritual beings. Evolution is central to New Age doctrine because it ensures mankind’s eventual progression to godhood. READ MORE
New Age Psychology – Higher Consciousness
Society and the environment, according to the New Age worldview, stifle our knowledge of the god within. Thus, the aim of psychology should be to cause each individual to realize that they are fundamentally perfect and therefore should trust their intuitive urges. According to the New Age doctrine, a man’s true self would never urge him to contribute in any way to disunity. READ MORE
New Age Sociology – Non-Traditional Family, Church, and State
To explain the all-to-obvious evil done by man, the New Ager resorts to blaming traditional society – especially the central principles of Western Civilization. Various New Age leaders blame different aspects: technology, male-dominant norms (including those of the traditional family), the free-enterprise system, a central government, and dogmatic monotheistic religions. This results in a rebellion against all traditional values without examining their reason for existence. READ MORE
New Age Law – Self Law
Individual autonomy means each person gets to decide what is right and act for himself. Any need for laws and legislation will quickly fade away as we grow closer to achieving god-consciousness. The unenlightened people who still believe mankind is inherently evil require laws, but once this outdated concept is exposed as a lie the world will function in complete harmony. READ MORE
New Age Politics – Self Government (New World Order)
As with law, the need for politics and government only exists because some individuals refuse to get in touch with their true selves. The trend toward a one-world government is perceived by New Agers as a positive sign that we are evolving away from our need for government toward spiritual unity or finding the “oneness” with everything that is the real basis of all spirituality. READ MORE
New Age Economics – Universal Enlightened Production
Traditional economic forms act as a hindrance to individual enlightenment because they emphasize only the material. This does not mean, however, that New Agers should not have possessions; rather, whatever is necessary for the happiness of New Agers will automatically flow toward them, if they stay true to the voice within. “Mind over matter” becomes a way of life; if you are in harmony with the spiritual realm you can control the ebb and flow of material gain. READ MORE
New Age History – Evolutionary Godhead
According to the New Age worldview, evolution is constantly moving mankind toward god-consciousness. New Agers are assured, by the scientific fact of evolution, that man and all reality are progressing toward a unified enlightenment. The fittest already recognize this; the “unfit” are the Christians and other proponents of dogmatic worldviews (who act as a hindrance to evolutionary forces). READ MORE
New Age Worldview – Conclusion
The New Age worldview is a diverse conception of the world from a metaphysical standpoint. The New Age movement combines Eastern-influenced thought systems (such as Hinduism and Buddhism) with Western “lights-camera-action.” In general, the New Age worldview unites God, nature, and philosophy, comprising countless "theologies" that often center on religious tolerance and moral diversity.
1 Elliot Miller, A Crash Course on the New Age Movement, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book, 1989), pp. 15–16.
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