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Published by Papa Giorgio
This is a paper I wrote in response to a philosophy professor. I did use -- verbally -- in class some of the examples herein to explain to the class and teacher why she was wrong ~ she was a religious Hindu who stated that Christianity alone had to deal with the problem of evil. I later included some issues a friend brought up -- "Conversations with God," etc. And then even later I footnoted it well and added to it for seminary.
This is a paper I wrote in response to a philosophy professor. I did use -- verbally -- in class some of the examples herein to explain to the class and teacher why she was wrong ~ she was a religious Hindu who stated that Christianity alone had to deal with the problem of evil. I later included some issues a friend brought up -- "Conversations with God," etc. And then even later I footnoted it well and added to it for seminary.

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 FAITH EVANGELICAL SEMINARY
New Age “Pop Culture” 
-A PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. DENNIS JOWERS AS REQUIRED PER THE SYLLABUS FOR TH 5313
THEOLOGY 3: MAN, SIN & SALVATION
 BY SEAN GIORDANONovember 19, 2008
Abstract
 
TH 5313 Theology 3: Man, Sin & Salvation Student: Sean GiordanoDr. Dennis Jowers, Course Evaluator email:seang200@hotmail.com 
New Age “P
op-
Culture”
 
2 |Page 
Daytime television is full of shows with gurus and psychics, sages and those who talk to the dead. OprahWinfrey often has New Age devotees on her show that channel spirits, or guests who accept an Easternmystical worldview that purport to be healers, doctors, or psychologists, and the like. While the NewAge movement is not monolithic in its teachings (in fact varying wildly), it does have one thing incommon, and that is that the viewers of such shows and personalities rarely
 –
if ever
 –
investigate these
people’s philosophy and th
eir claims. And so, I will attempt to meld a few of my papers as well as addsome pertinent information that will enlighten the curious and tackle issues raised by Dr. House.
 
TH 5313 Theology 3: Man, Sin & Salvation Student: Sean GiordanoDr. Dennis Jowers, Course Evaluator email:seang200@hotmail.com 
New Age “P
op-
Culture”
 
3 |Page 
Laws of Logic
When we look to nature, we see that there are laws within nature, such as the law of gravity; just asthere are laws in nature, there are also laws of thought, or, laws of logic. Like Sir Isaac Newton being thefirst to encapsulate the law of gravity, so to was Aristotle the first to encapsulate many of the
“laws of logic.”
1
These laws can assist us in the delineation between what is coherent, and what is likewiseincoherent. I will give some examples of a law in action, and then define this particular law. Theexample involves the nature of truth, always a sticky situation.Everyone has at one time or another heard the phrase,
“what’s true for you may not be true for me.”
2
Itis the idea that there are no universal truths that both you and I should adhere to. This is calledrelativism.
3
It asserts that truth is relative, or, whatever the individual accepts as true or not true
 –
 
it’s
all relative to the individual. Again, relativism claims that all so-called truth is relative, that there really isno absolute truth that man can know, but that different things (whatever they may be) may be true forme but not for you. (This is at times called perspectivalism.)
Statement
: There is no such thing as absolute truth; [or alternatively, there are many truths.]
4
 Is this philosophy of relativism making the statement that this is the ultimate, absolute truth abouttruth? In that case, it actually asserts what it denies, and so is self-deleting, simply logically incoherent
1
Manuel Velasquez,
Philosophy: A Text with Readings
(Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thomas Learning, 2001), 51.
2
Dan Story,
Christianity on the Offense: Responding to the Beliefs and Assumptions of Spiritual Seekers
(Grand Rapids, MI:Kregel, 1998), 29.
3
 
“The denial that there are certain kinds of universal truths,”
Robert Audi, ed.,
The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy 
(NewYork, NY: Cambridge Univ, 1999), 790.
4
Tom Morris,
Philosophy for Dummies
(New York, NY: IDG Books; 1999), 46

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