Every now and then I get enquiries about "How do you share the gospel using tarot cards?" or "Where can I find papers from Philip Johnson now he isn't blogging anymore?" or "How did we used to engage with people at Mind Body Spirit Festivals" or "What other resources do I have for incarnationally engaging with people interested in New Age, Western Buddhism, and other new religious movements?"
Well if you are one of those people, or are just curious about what the hell I'm talking about, then this is the post for you. I have a buckload of article here.
Now, there is some material I that I am not in a position to pass on because its either unpublished, or published but subject to some copyright restrictions, but what you should be aware of is that there is a gold mine of material freely available on the web from the Lausanne Group on Religious and Non-Religious Spirituality in the Western World (“New Age”), a group which included many friends and collegues of mine and which thoughfully explored many of these questions back some years ago.
The final paper produced was Religious and Non-Religious Spirituality in the Western World (“New Age”) and this should be the first one you look at. But there was a whole lot of background work done before that paper was published which in many cases included more detail. It is these papers I now draw to your attention to. Being preliminary papers by individuals they should not be considered representative of the group as a whole, as there was considerable diversity within the group and differences over some issues, but I trust they will stimulate your thinking and hopefully encourage you to wrestle with some of the issues raised. They include reflections on Tarot, Astrology, Buddhism, Mormonism and New Age.
Drafts and suggestions to final statement
Christian Naga Yoga
Exhibition evangelism and the local Church
Reaching Post moderns through "Seeker Course Evangelism"
In the Master's Light booth ministry
Tarot read with Christian spectacles
Tarot Gospel Presentation
Bridging the Divide Cross-Cultural Mission to Latter-day Saints
Methods and Perspectives in Understanding and Reaching Satanists
Mission to Western Buddhists
Hinjews, JUBUs and New Age Judaism
Mormonism Case Study
The Iglesia ni Cristo
Provided background papers:
New Age, NRMs etc:
An Introductory Training Manual on New Age
Moving New Religions from the Fringes to Mainstream
Astrology Paper by Johnson, Payne & Wilson
Encountering New Religious Movements
Evangelical Countercult Apologists Vs Astrology
The Aquarian Age and Apologetics
General missiology and apologetics:
A Fresh Apolgetic Agenda for the 21st Century
Alternate Spiritualities as the unpaid bills
Mapping areas of affinities, mutual concerns and spiritual conflict
Revised Spiritual Reality of Our World Section
Statement from Salvation Army
The Disenchantment and Re-enchantment of the West
The Spiritual Reality of our Western World
Toward Contextualized Apologetic Through Astrology