R.C. Sproul on New Age Philosophy and The Other Worldview

The Other WorldviewAccording to Peter Jones, our culture as a whole has switched worldviews over the past few decades. Rather than maintaining a fundamental distinction between God and his creation, today’s predominate worldview sees everything as essentially one.

In his new book, The Other Worldview, Jones explains the difference between what he calls “Oneism” and “Twoism.” He exposes the pagan roots of Oneism, and he traces its spread and influence throughout Western culture. Most importantly, he shows us why Oneism is incapable of saving anyone or truly changing the world for the better.

Here’s an excerpt from R.C. Sproul’s foreword to The Other Worldview:

We have seen the noonday sun reveal the destruction of the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of sex, and the sanctity of the sacred itself. The culture is not merely post-Christian and postmodern. It has become not only neopagan, but neo-barbarian.

Ideas have consequences. The ideas of the New Age, of our age, have their roots in ancient Gnosticism. That particular philosophy embraced a form of pantheism or monism: God is ‘the One’—the sum of everything. All is God, and God is all.

Of course if everything is God, then nothing is God. The very word ‘God’ can point to nothing individuated from everything. It becomes a meaningless, unintelligible word.

Peter Jones has labored to show the distinction and impact of a zeitgeist of Oneism (monism) versus Twoism (duality). The Twoism of which Dr. Jones speaks is not an ancient form of dualism which embraced equal and opposite forces of good and evil. No, it is a cosmic duality that sees—sharply and vividly—the distinction between creature and Creator, and the relationship between the two.

This is not a simple problem of arithmetic wherein we learn to count from one to two. These numbers have suffixes. The suffix -ism is added to the one and the two. The suffix -ism adds to a simple number an entire worldview or philosophical standpoint embraced by either.

Dr. Jones provides for us a clear map. This map traces the historical paths, the philosophical routes, and the cultural lanes that have brought us to the Age of Aquarius. It is a must-read for every concerned American—and especially for every Christian who weeps at the graveside of his culture.

The Other Worldview is currently on Pre-Pub, but the price will increase by $7.00 when it ships. Pre-order today and save!

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  • It is hard to imagine how such a staunch Calvinist could possibly argue for philosophic dualism. He says:

    “…Of course if everything is God, then nothing is God. The very word ‘God’ can point to nothing individuated from everything. It becomes a meaningless, unintelligible word…”

    And isn’t that the very heartbeat of Calvinism where all of eternity is already “in the can” (to use a Hollywood term)?

    The question of monism vs dualism is fundamental to philosophy. I’m of the opinion that the scriptures speak out of both sides of their mouths on this subject. Jones on the other hand seems to fall squarely on the Dualist side calling Monism “the greatest threat to Christianity”… puhleez! And hypocritically, Sproul endorses this “worldview” despite his career of preaching absolute determinism.


    • I agree that the Calvinistic doctrine has much more to worry about that monism or dualism; however, the postmodern mindset of today is a major issue within “Christianity.” With that said, whether it is monism, dualism, postmodernism, or some other “ism,” it all stems back to a lack of knowing, applying, and implementing God’s inspired and written word.

      • For the most part the OT is monist while the NT leans dualist. For example, in the OT the SATAN is one of the BENE ELOHIM and is a servant of YHVH. In the NT he is thoroughly personified as the malevolent god of this world. He appears sparingly in the OT but is in hundreds of verse in the NT. Discussion of the “devil” is often in the language of battle. He blinds people to the gospel.

        But on the other hand, YHVH is always triumphant.

  • What Dr. Jones is asserting, and what Dr. Sproul is in agreement with, is, that while Christianity recognizes the ontological distinction between the Creator and his creation (Twoism), pagan monism asserts the ontological oneness of all being (Oneism). What Dr. Jones’ book demonstrates is the difference between the biblical worldview of Twoism, which recognizes the distinction between Creator and creation (the foundational belief of all biblical orthodoxy), and the pagan worldview of the divine cosmos in which the distinction between Creator and creation is blurred into one in a self-creating universe. Philosophic dualism fits within the category of pagan Oneism and must not be confused with the biblical binary (duality), which distinguishes between Creator and creation.

    • The terms “monism” and “dualism” are not normally used as synonyms for “pantheism”. If that is his usage then he has muddied the waters. Why not just use the crystal clear term “pantheism” if that is what he’s on about?