Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust
By Dave Hunt
The Berean Call, 2008, 282 pp.
Eschatology (theology of the endtimes) is not one of my strong interests. I received this book, written by evangelical apologist, Dave Hunt, and subtitled, “The New Age Movement in Prophecy,” as a gift a few years ago and it sat on my bookshelf until the COVID-19 pandemic shut down our local library and forced me to peek beneath the cobwebs in my queue of unread books.
“Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust” was originally published in 1983 and then republished in 2008 as a “Dave Hunt Classic.” Being 37 years old, some of the information is no longer pertinent. Most notably, there are many references to the tensions at that time between the U.S. led by Ronald Reagan and the Yuri Andropov-led Soviet Union. But the main subject of the book is the burgeoning New Age Movement, which has its roots in Hindu mysticism and has seeped into many aspects of Western culture including religion, medicine and health, philosophy, psychology, government, education, entertainment, etc., etc. I learned quite a bit about the history and reach of the New Age from this book. Since “Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust” was written, the New Age has infiltrated even farther into society. I’m not even going to bother commenting on Dave’s theories regarding how the endtimes are going to go down. Ask ten eschatology experts and you’re going to get ten different theories.
Dave tended to express his ideas with a good amount of hyperbole and this book was no exception. There’s also a noticeable amount of redundancy. Be that as it may, this was still a decent quarantine read.
Dave Hunt (d. 2013) was beloved by many Christians. I especially appreciated his uncompromising stand against Roman Catholicism’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. The apologetics ministry that Dave founded, The Berean Call, is still reaching the lost and equipping Christians under the leadership of T.A. McMahon. Find the website here. See my review of another one of Dave’s books, “A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days,” here.
Postscript: I dabbled in Eastern mysticism in the late-1970s prior to accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1983. Among other things, I read Carlos Castaneda’s popular books on Shamanism and also practiced Yoga and Transcendental Meditation (TM).