Dated but decent info about the New Age Movement

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).

34 thoughts on “Dated but decent info about the New Age Movement

  1. A new book review from our in-house librarian (with reference to previous post). Thank you, Tom for giving us an overview of the book and insights. Now, I see that eschatology experts will have different views.

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    1. Thanks, Kent. This book was a bit difficult to read because I don’t normally gravitate to eschatology. Over the years I’ve witnessed all kinds of conspiracy theories dreamed up by eschatology “experts.” I think believers can become radically sidetracked by going down the various eschatology rabbit holes.

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      1. True, Tom, they would be sidetracked from the main message of GOD’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone. Well, the end times is so intriguing for mere mortals that many would want to know from difference sources (e.g. book, tarot cards, prophets) and many would like to predict how it would go. The source should be from the bible and the best one is just simply to prepare when JESUS comes again (surprising, like a thief in the night) and be ready to board to heaven.

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  2. I used to get The Berean Call by mail when I lived in the wilderness of Alaska during the 1990s. I can’t recall how I discovered it in the first place, but I was grateful for it. Nice to see it mentioned.

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    1. Thanks, sister! I’m definitely not a fan of eschatology/endtimes literature, but Hunt did a very good job examining the rise and spread of the New Age Movement.

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    1. 👋🏼 Thanks! The days going good although we had some snow coming down this morning. Actually had some good job search nibbles today. How’s your day starting out?

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      1. 👍🏻 Your plate is always full. Took my wife to MD appt. and picked up KFC for early dinner on way home. We rarely do that because my wife is strictly greens and beans. Time for couch duty!


  3. At first I was thinking “how can a book in 2008 be old and dated?” but then you explained its a reprint of works earlier 30 years ago. Thanks for this review; I’m not to thrill with the New Age and know little about it and this seems to be a resource to keep in mind if I need to research on it and I appreciate your warning of his hyperbole.

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    1. Thanks! Yup, Hunt provides a very good history of the New Age Movement in this book.
      RE: Hunt’s hyperbole
      Dave could always be counted on to “swing for the fences.”

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      1. As I mentioned before, the young guys up here are already defiantly walking around in shorts and tee shirts in the 45-50 degree temps. But old guys like me choose comfort over “coolness.”

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      2. I don’t blame you. It hurts just thinking about staying up until 3:30 a.m. No judgement. Many people would think I’m crazy for getting up at 4:30 a.m.

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      3. Waking up at 4:30 is crazy. I’m still wondering if I switch to early morning person versus late night but ministering to people it seems people have problems more at night than early morning so….

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      4. I can definitely see why pastoring requires more evening hours. Forty-three years at Kodak made me a morning person. I also enjoy getting up early and working on the blog and reading before my wife wakes up at 8.

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