Worldview 2026: Opportunity For A Christian Renaissance, by Stephen Hawley Martin
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest review.]
Towards the beginning of the book, the author makes the following request of the reader: “Here is what I promise: I will think no less of you if you reject my point of view, provided you think no less of me for having written it down (21).” This is a promise I am happy to fulfill, for though I do not agree with the author, I have nothing but the utmost respect for his honesty and sincerity, and a great deal of admiration for his canniness in getting his somewhat nontraditional Baptist minister to write the forward to the book, who has the confidence of having some of his sermons quoted by a very unconventional and prolific lay writer. Not all ministers are so secure in the respect in which they are held to let others use their words to bolster such strikingly nontraditional writing as this book is. This is not to say that the book is entirely unique, as the book shows an interest in reincarnation, karmic debt, and the paranormal that is shared by a few contemporary writers , but it is striking nonetheless.
In terms of its contents, this is a relatively short book of about 160 pages. At its heart, this is a book about mysticism, with positing of an infinite mind and a worldview that rejects both traditional Christianity as well as materialistic-based evolutionary thinking. The author spends a great deal of time and attention pointing on the importance of following Jesus, but makes certain characteristic interpretive errors that confuse role with reincarnation, and that neglect the large amount of demonic influence dealt with in the Gospels. The author notes, rather distressingly, that those who claim to have past lives often suffered horrific and traumatic deaths, and that children are more susceptible to spiritual oppression and influence than adults, which would tend to indicate that both trauma and youth create a vulnerability to unwanted spiritual influence, even if the author does not draw the obvious conclusion that a great deal of what is purported to be evidence of reincarnation may simply be evidence of the passage of various demonic spirits from one host to another, spreading doom and trouble with them. The author has an obvious agenda here—a belief that the United States is doomed to become post-Christian unless the biblical worldview is replaced with a new worldview friendly to the paranormal and less strict about moral teachings and rituals and dogma. Such a worldview would be post-Christian anyway, though.
The author gives the reader the respect of telling his views, and his evidence for those views, a mix of naturalistic observations and anecdotal accounts, openly and honestly. This is a book where the agendas are not hidden; they are clearly shown. Given that the writer has shown the reader such respect, it is proper that the reader should return that respect with the same sort of honor one gives to someone one believes to be sincerely wrong. There is much to find troubling about this book—the itching ears for new truth rather than the firm study and grounding in that which can be clearly known, the pooh-poohing of dangers of demonic influence, the encouragement of trances and séances, the chronological snobbery of rejecting God’s ways for present social folly, the lack of spiritual and biblical depth among even ministers, who should be expected to know and to preach based on comprehension of and loyalty to God’s laws. Even so, this is a book that is clearly written according to our contemporary zeitgeist, and one has to give the devil his due: there are certainly many people who think like the author and will be encouraged by this book to pursue their own syncretistic combinations of New Age religious thought and practice with a veneer of Christian nomenclature and identity.
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