Mystical Modernity

The Making of the New Spirituality: The Eclipse of the Western Religious Tradition
by James A. Herrick
InterVarsity Press, 2003
(331 pages; $22.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Carl E. Olson

In a recent amazon.com interview, Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, stated that “while Eastern mysticism has its fair share of unjustified belief, it undoubtedly represents humankind’s best attempt at fashioning a spiritual science.”

Convinced that traditional religions—which rest on “blind faith”—are not just irrational but inherently dangerous, Harris opined that mysticism and “spirituality” offer the reasonable paths to knowledge. “Mysticism, shorn of religious . . .

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Carl E. Olson is the author of Will Catholics Be ?Left Behind?? (Ignatius), and co-author, with Sandra Miesel, of The Da Vinci Hoax (Ignatius).

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