Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms

Top Secret The Truth Behind Today s Pop Mysticisms America may be the land of plenty but in the midst of our Walmarts enormous supermarkets and other signs of material surfeit it seems that many are experiencing a gnawing spiritual hunger New reli

  • Title: Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms
  • Author: Robert M. Price Julia Sweeney
  • ISBN: 9781591026082
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America may be the land of plenty, but in the midst of our Walmarts, enormous supermarkets, and other signs of material surfeit, it seems that many are experiencing a gnawing spiritual hunger New religions, spiritualities, and religious therapies attract throngs of believers to megachurches, Yoga classes, and the bestseller bookshelves The latest popular fad in spiritualAmerica may be the land of plenty, but in the midst of our Walmarts, enormous supermarkets, and other signs of material surfeit, it seems that many are experiencing a gnawing spiritual hunger New religions, spiritualities, and religious therapies attract throngs of believers to megachurches, Yoga classes, and the bestseller bookshelves The latest popular fad in spirituality is Rhonda Byrne s The Secret, which promises both success and spiritual fulfillment, and is endorsed by no less than Oprah Winfrey If you re trying to make sense of all the offerings in this confusing spiritual wonderland, Top Secret is just the book for you Noted religion scholar Robert M Price examines the historical roots and the current appeal of today s pop mysticisms Critical and appreciative at the same time, Price applies his impressive background in theology and biblical criticism to put these trends in perspective Among other popular movements and books, Price discusses Rhonda Byrne s The Secret and New ThoughtHelen Schucman s A Course in Miracles and the popular works of Marianne WilliamsonDeepak Chopra s How to Know GodJames Redfield s The Celestine ProphecyThe Jewish Kabbalah, recently made popular by MadonnaJoel Osteen s Prosperity Gospel and his popular Your Best Life NowDiedre Blomfield Brown AKA Pema Ch dr n and American style BuddhismWhether you re a skeptic looking for a rational approach to understanding current religion or a seeker in search of a deeper, informed understanding of popular spiritualities, Top Secret has much to offer.

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    1. Robert M. Price Julia Sweeney

      Robert McNair Price is an American theologian and writer He teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus, asserting the Christ myth theory.A former Baptist minister, he was the editor of the Journal of Higher Criticism from 1994 until it ceased publication in 2003 He has also written extensively about the Cthulhu Mythos, a shared universe created by H.P Lovecraft.


    1. Worth flipping through for the section titles alone. My favorite: "Nine Principles in Amber." (Get it?)Based on the chapter titles, section headings, and and blurbs, I was expecting a very skeptical, snarky attack on various woo-woo hucksters, but instead Price focuses on relating "new-age" ideas to older (not always ancient) traditions, often in a positive, affirming manner. However, he shows little patience for those who claim new insights—or, as you might guess from the title, to be reveali [...]

    2. I've so wanted to read a serious critique of New Age and spiritual discourse as touted by Oprah et al. It's a lucrative industry, in part because these spiritualities run deep when a huge percentage of Americans report themselves to be "spiritual, but not religious." I was excited about this book for its subject matter, but I was disappointed. The author claimed that he would not scorn followers of the works he critiqued, since after all these works are fulfilling an important function for many [...]

    3. Price deconstructs (for the most part) popular spiritual movements of the day, with special emphasis and criticism for home-grown (American) inventions and their poseurs. Joel Osteen, everybody involved in A Course on Miracles, and Oprah-type hucksters like Neal Donald Walsh and Wayne Dyer get extra attention and are lambasted.Eastern religions, however, seem to hold a special place in the author's heart. However, his dissection of Buddhism and Hinduism are welcome, as is his explanation of the [...]

    4. This book is basically a critical look at several 'self-help' books. Some of these include "The Secret", "A Return to Love", and "Conversations with God". For the most part this book was interesting, though there were parts I felt like I was slogging through. If you don't actually want to read all of the books the author critiques then you may be interested to read this book. I liked that he has a sense of humor. When discussing religion people tend to be too serious. I did learn a lot about Gno [...]

    5. A nice description of the philosophical and psychological problems in today's mystical/spiritual movements, such as Oprah's favorite "The Secret," and Deepak Chopra's pseudo-Buddhist nonsense. Bob gives some of these systems more credit than I would, but he does have some interesting ideas. The book is definitely for those who have some experience looking at these movements critically.

    6. Really pretty boring. Imagine your most boring college professor. Okay, not quite that bad, but close. As much as I wanted to like it, I had to abandon it halfway through.

    7. Finally, someone takes the New Thought / New Age gurus and breaks down what they're really saying. And most of it (but not quite all) amounts to crap.

    8. A really interesting book about New Age / New Thought. There's all sorts of these new spiritual movements in the last few years, the most popular being The Secret, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, and The Celestine Prophecy. This book explores them all, and several more I haven't heard of.What I really liked about this book is how honest it is. When these new spiritual teachers had something beneficial to offer, this book says so, and when they've completely gone off the rails, this boo [...]

    9. If you're going to hold a wienie roast, then light that fire Hiroshi! I would have enjoyed the unedited manuscript more. Price gave his pros and cons in an even tone like he was holding back. Judging by his headings, this could have been a real laugher, but his attempts at fair play left me flat. So, meh. I had the wrong attitude due to his former titles. I expected some Christian-refutation-Jesus-shoe to drop, but it never manifested, as I imagined it might.A tough read--much of it twice--while [...]

    10. Dr. Price does what he does best--destroying silly beliefs with fact, dressed with a little snarkiness.Though the cover shows only a handful of his victims, very few pop culture religious views escape Robert Price's ridicule. Kaballah, UFOs, Scientology, Osteen, Popoff, Wicca, sales gimmicks, et al. all receive a description and are reasonably put to the grave.Price explains rationally why these pseudo-religions are bunk, how one can identify them, and where people can stick these ideas. Price i [...]

    11. Not sure what Mr. Price's ground axe is supposed to cut. He seems pretty angry that spiritual leaders are human and that they tend to stand on the shoulders of other human spiritual leaders. A couple of his big reveals are that Pema Chodron wasn't born with that name and that her mentor was an alcoholic. His beef with Eckhart Tolle is that he is merely a gifted philosopher with a novel application of Zen. Mr. Price needs to get over his idolizing of spiritual mystics and get on with his own spir [...]

    12. Overall, the text is balanced in that the author doesn't give criticism without justification and praises when there is fruit amongst the weeds to be had. I have heard of most of these book, yet, my curiosity isn't strong enough to read them. I may not be able to have read them with as much philosophical knowledge but certainly view his conclusions as they would be my own. He certainly dishes out more critiques to those texts he feels are lacking in logic and failing to offer helpful content.

    13. I can distill my thoughts about this book into a single word “bleah!”'Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms' consists of a collection of academic, esoteric clap-trap wrapped in a populist cover. I have no idea who the target audience for this book might be. Perhaps cynical masters candidates in religious studies might find this book interesting, but almost no one else will.

    14. Thin on the ground. Links popular figures to their roots, ok, but sees that as somehow discrediting them. I am not surprised that there isn't much secret. Used to be said that only fat people have diet books, so who has spiritual books? And why so many? Author harbors a liking for more traditional religions, and better behaved expounders.

    15. Great - highly recommended. Analysis by a religious scholar of new age thought and spiritual practices. Covers The Secret, Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Course In Miracles, Conversations With God, The Celestine Prophecy, Eckhart Tolle, Shakti Gawain.My only wish would be a similar book written from a scientific perspective.

    16. Like his other book, A Reason Driven Life, the best I can say about this book is that it is better than The Secret, which I have read. This was boring, and it shouldn't have been. It is probably a little better than A Reason Driven Life though.

    17. Books and theories that reek of 'New Age' set my teeth on edge, as do pretenders and charlatans who turn ancient tenets into trite slogans. This book, therefore, was most refreshing and had me chuckling most of the way through. Fantastic book!

    18. This book is great in that it gives a big "F you" to all of the pop culture gurus de jour. Oprah needs to read it and memorize its passages. She's partly responsible for its contents.

    19. This was difficult to read and had to be returned to the library before I finished it. I have not felt motivated to check it out again. Maybe later

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