Chapter 3 - Wrestling with the New Age
Chapter 3 - Wrestling with the New Age E-mail

Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis Can Train Us
To Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World

1.  What do you think of when you hear the term "New Age"?  According to Markos, what gave rise to the New Age movement?  Why does he categorize the New Age as postmodern rather than premodern?

2.  According to Markos, what does the New Ager seek?

3.  How might a "renewal of wonder" help Christians address the New Age movement?

4.  What does Markos mean by the statement on page 72 that "Christianity is not the only truth, but it is the only complete truth"?  Do you agree/disagree?

5.  Why did the early church select December 25 as the day to celebrate Jesus Christ's birth?  How does this illustrate Markos' strategy for engaging the New Age movement?

6.  Using the example of Emeth from The Last Battle (see pgs. 88-89), distinguish between universal salvation and the notion that those who earnestly seek will find.  Here are some related scripture passages to consider:  Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 13:24-30; Luke 16:19-31; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7-8; Hebrews 11:6 


New Age:  a heterogeneous, syncretistic movement, which emerged in the early 1970s, although there were rumblings earlier, as a reaction to both secularism and traditional religion.  While there is no recognized holy book, formal organization, clergy or dogma of this movement, practices include channeling, crystals, and meditation.  It is hard to pin down New Age beliefs; however, monism, pantheism, reincarnation and karma are recurring themes.   

:  lit. myth-making
J. R. R. Tolkien used the word as a title to a poem written after the famous late night talk with C. S. Lewis and Hugo Dyson on Sept. 19, 1931 along Addison's Walk.  The word eventually came to refer to a genre of invented mythology coming from a single author as opposed to oral tradition.  Notable mythopoeic writers include: Tolkien, Lewis, William Blake and George MacDonald.  More recently, the "Star Wars" films are an example of mythopoeic work.  Tolkien and later Lewis believed that myth contains spiritual truth and that myth-making is a creative avenue for disclosing such truths.  Curious to learn more?  Try, the website of the Mythopoeic Society

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