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Deepak Chopra Praises Evangelical Manifesto, 'New' Evangelicalism

Contact: Ingrid Schlueter, Crosstalk Radio Talk Show, SliceofLaodicea.com, 414-881-5852

MEDIA ADVISORY, May 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- The signers of the controversial Evangelical Manifesto have gotten the attention of one of the world's leading promoters of New Age spirituality, Deepak Chopra, and he likes what he sees. Chopra's latest book, The Third Jesus, is the most lucid portrayal of the cosmic counterfeit Jesus as has ever been written. In his commentary of May 19, he praises the Manifesto's tone and message:

The strikingly new note in the Evangelical Manifesto is that it intends to be conciliatory. In affirming that they totally identify with their faith, the writers quickly declare that their purpose is "not to attack or exclude." This seems to reverse the very impulse that brought the religious right to power politically. By erasing the line between faith and the voting booth, evangelicals absolutely excluded anyone who believes in a secular Constitution and its separation of church and state. They also vehemently attacked candidates who didn't share their viewpoint.

What's changed? We get a clue in another phrase -- "the global era" -- which points to the promotion of environmental issues among younger evangelicals, who see themselves as stewards of God's creation. If you want to save the planet, it helps not to attack the bulk of humanity that worships a different God. Beyond that, the manifesto reflects a willingness to be less intolerant. That's good news from a sector of the American public that made intolerance their marching banner in the past.

For those Christians who were deeply concerned by the message of the self-proclaimed Evangelical Manifesto, the approval of one of the world's leading New Age authors should be one more reason to take a second look at what the signers are actually proposing. Regarding his latest book on the cosmic Jesus, Chopra writes:

There is not one Jesus...but three. First, there is the historical Jesus, the man who lived more than two thousand years ago and whose teachings are the foundation of Christian theology and thought. Next there is Jesus the Son of God, who has come to embody an institutional religion with specific dogma, a priesthood, and devout believers. And finally, there is the third Jesus, the cosmic Christ, the spiritual guide whose teaching embraces all humanity, not just the church built in his name. He speaks to the individual who wants to find God as a personal experience, to attain what some might call grace, or God-consciousness, or enlightenment." --Deepak Chopra on Chopra.com

As doctrinally vacuous evangelical churches grow more interested in mysticism and New Spirituality through the influence of emergent church radicals, the overlap between the two worlds is growing. Those who believe in Biblical truth should be duly wary of what the signers of the Evangelical Manifesto are proposing. If the promoter of the counterfeit "Third Jesus" finds it helpful to his agenda, what exactly does that say?