Master of Arts (MA)
Primary Subject Area
Theology; Religion, General; Religion, Philosophy of
This thesis examines and evaluates the predominant view
of Jesus "the Christ" among the prominent New Agers. This
view--that Jesus was only a man who acquired mystic knowledge
and power from his experiences with the Essenes and other
mystical religions of the East, and that he manifested and
exemplified the divinity which can be found in each person-generally
opposes orthodox Christian teachings of the
monotheistic divinity of Jesus Christ.
The thesis argues that various claims of these New Agers
are inconsistent (e.g. the reliability of Akashic Record),
unverifiable (e.g. esoterism), and contrary to factual data
(e.g. Notovitch's account of Jesus' travel to the East).
While many New Agers argue that the monotheistic divinity of
Jesus is a fabrication of the true teachings of Jesus, the
thesis argues for the validity and superiority of the New
Testament and especially Paul in their attribution of
monotheistic divinity to Jesus. The thesis concludes that the
New Age view of Jesus "the Christ" must be rejected.