Apologetics and Worldview · BOOK REVIEWS

ON GLOBAL WIZARDRY – Peter Jones, Ed. (2010)

Peter Jones understands postmodern culture and has a particular interest in warning the church about the pernicious influence of neo-paganism.  His newest book, On Global Wizardry, continues to alert Christ-followers and equips them to respond in a biblically appropriate way.

Jones edits this work and relies on a host of experts to assist him in confronting and responding to neo-paganism.  Jones sets forth the thesis: “If, as contemporary thought contends, all religions are the same, then the spirituality of all those religions is also essentially the same, whether in its Easter or ‘primitive’ versions or in its Western ‘interfaith version.”  Therefore, the reader must ask himself, “Will we worship Nature or the God who created nature?”

The topics include a description and response to a host of worldviews including Witchcraft, Chinese spirituality, Syncretism, Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Astrology, Shamanism, and more.

Andrew Young is a fine example of a Christian responding appropriately to neo-paganism:  He writes, “Mystical techniques and the inward journey have no place in true biblical spirituality.  If there is reality experienced in such things, it is a reality other than that promised in the gospel … Christian spirituality, consequently does not journey inward in search of an immediate experience of oneness with God.  Instead, through the indwelling Holy Spirit it looks toward Christ and through him to the Father.  Contemplative mysticism is not the path of biblical spirituality; faith-based relationship with the Triune God is.”

The final chapter by Jones is very helpful.  Dr. Jones  invites readers to discern truth from error by setting up an antithesis.  He illustrates by pointing to the apostle Paul who declares an antithesis in 2 Corinthians:

  • “What partnership has righteousness with lawlessness?”
  • “What fellowship has light with darkness?”
  • “What accord has Christ with Belial?”
  • “What portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?”
  • “What agreement has the temple of God with idols?”

Jones adds, “Human thinking is idolatrous or autonomous because it raises itself to the level of ultimate truth, a place only the mind of God can occupy.  As creatures, we see a miniscule piece of the cosmos.  Of God, we see nothing, except what God chooses to reveal.”

Every parent should read this book.  It steers clear from legalism.  It educates and informs.  It encourages cultural engagement.  And it challenges neo-paganism from many angles.  On Global Wizardry is a call for Christ-followers to reclaim lost ground.  It is time for the people of God to affirm and defend the Creator-creature distinction and penetrate a lost world with the saving message of the gospel.

4.5 stars

Apologetics and Worldview · BOOK REVIEWS

GOSPEL TRUTH, PAGAN LIES – Peter Jones (1999)

A few days ago as my family entered a bookstore, my eight year old son shocked and thrilled me when he asked, “Hey Dad, where can I find the Peter Jones books?”  My son is asking the question that scores of Christians should be asking.  Enter Gospel Truth, Pagan Lies by Peter Jones.

It is not trendy.  It never made the New York Times best sellers list.  It is probably not on the shelf of your local Christian book store.  (It wasn’t available at the store I was in). In fact, most people have probably never heard about Gospel Truth, Pagan Lies.  But this is a very important book that needs to be read.

Dr. Jones clearly unfolds the differences between biblical Christianity and paganism and calls Christ-followers to spiritual discernment: “We need to wake up.  Anti-Christian but very spiritual paganism is flooding our land.”  Jones notes, “There are only two kinds of spirituality – Christian or pagan.  The two systems have nothing in common, and are as different as the truth and the lie.  But paganism loves to disguise itself in Christian clothes.”

Jones unpacks the five tenets of monism and contrasts these erroneous components with a Christ-centered and biblically informed worldview.  I am intentionally omitting the specific points in this review in order to lure readers to Jones’ excellent work.

Gospel Truths, Pagan Lies should be required Christian reading.  Parents need to read it for the sake of their children.  Young people need to read it in order to recognize the errors of monism and how these lies have infiltrated their culture.  Jones reminds us, “Paganism is like a downward spiral.  In the vortex at the bottom is Satan and the worship of evil … Biblical theism is like an upward spiral that brings us into the light of God’s presence.”

5 stars