From the December, 2004 issue of Touchstone
Mystical Modernity by Carl E. Olson

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  . . .


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