Taboo or To Do?
Press Release from DLT Books:
Taboo or To Do?
Is Christianity complimentary with yoga, martial arts, Halloween, mindfulness and other alternative practices?
by Ross Clifford & Philip Johnson
First popular book addressing how the church and Christians should or should not engage with alternative spirituality practices in an objective, popular and practical way.
‘Offers guidance to Christians who wish to understand things that may well take
them out of their comfort zones … Life-giving and empowering.’
From the Foreword by John Drane
Today, some Christians – as part of their own personal growth – and some churches – as part of their desire to reach the ‘spiritual but not religious’ – are adapting spiritual practices that have their roots in East Asian religions or in disciplines that emerge from New Age and New Spirituality. Other voices within the Church are wary of, and in some cases condemn, involvement with such practices. This book sifts through some of the most popular practices and asks whether or not they should really be considered off-limits for Christians, or incompatible with the way of Jesus.
‘We were inspired to write a book’, says Ross Clifford, ‘that would equip individuals and churches in making well informed decisions around whether or not to engage in New Spirituality practices in cross-cultural engagement’.
Each chapter provides a brief history of the alternative practice in focus (Yoga, Hallowe’en, Aromatherapy, Energy Healing, Mindfulness, Transformation Mind Seminars, Angels and Spirit Guides, Astrology, Christian blessings for pets and Martial Arts) followed by an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses within a Christian framework, and a case study of a church interacting with the practice. Taboo or To Do? also includes a Foreword by John Drane.
Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson co-founded the Community of Hope which pioneered ministry into Mind.Body.Spirit lifestyle festivals. They have co-written a number of internationally published books on contemporary spirituality, including Jesus and the Gods of the New Age and The Cross is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection. Ross is the Principal of Morling Theological College (University of Divinity and Australian College of Theology) and Philip is an adjunct lecturer. They both teach on New Spirituality and Missional Engagement. Ross is past President of the Baptist Union of Australia and President of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, and Philip continues to explore marketplace theology.
Also available in Australia through Morling Press