NORMAN_VINCENT_PEALE_AND_THE_POWER_OF_POSITIVE_THINKING.doc

Our booklet a course in miracles details one of the

  • No School
  • AA 1
  • 39

This preview shows page 35 - 36 out of 39 pages.

Our booklet, A Course in Miracles , details one of the most dangerous of all the New Age self-help programs, and includes many tips on how to protect yourself against these and other deceptions. The Dark Secret Behind Those Warm and Fuzzy “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Books By Susan Brinkmann, September 26, 2011 A blog reader was kind enough to send us some startling information on the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series that you probably never heard before! But that’s what we’re here for – both this blog and you the readers of this blog – to pass along vital information to each other about the many seeming innocuous ways that the New Age and the occult are seeping into our culture. Chicken Soup for the Soul is the perfect example. Who would ever think there was something with these feel-good stories? I certainly didn’t until I learned that the author, Jack Canfield , has long been a practicing New Age guru which is why many of the contributors of those warm-and-fuzzy stories are also steeped in questionable spiritual practices. First, let’s take a look at Canfield. He’s a Harvard graduate with an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and has received three honorary doctorates in psychology and public service. At one time, he worked as a high-school history teacher and was a follower of “the secret” and “law of attraction” worldview. According to a bio appearing on the Law of Attraction website, in 1976 Canfield experimented with a visualization tool known as the Chinese Abundance Check Technique . At the time, he was making $8,000 a year and he visualized making $100,000 a year by writing himself a check for that amount which he then stuck on the ceiling above his bed so that it would be the first and last thing he would see every day. Supposedly, after a series of “coincidental” events, Chicken Soup for the Soul was published and Canfield’s income shot up to $93,000. Of course, he tried it again with a $1 million check and – you guessed it – he received a million dollar check from his publisher which he naturally attributed to this “ visualization ” technique and the thoroughly New Age concept that “you can be what you will to be.” These beliefs actually stem from the New Thought movement of the 1800′s which taught that we can create our own reality by our thought processes so “what the mind can conceive, the body can achieve.” New Thought eventually morphed into the New Age Human Potential Movement of the mid-20th century and underlies popular books of the time such as Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking , L. Ron Hubbard ’s Dianetics and Steven Covey ’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to name a few. The problem with this way of thinking was rather bluntly pointed out by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Interreligious Dialogue in their seminal document on the New Age, Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life . “The Human Potential Movement is the clearest example of the conviction that humans are divine, or contain a divine spark within themselves.” If we can just use our minds to get anything we want, who needs God, right?
Image of page 35

Subscribe to view the full document.

Image of page 36
  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern