Held Views About the New Age: Critics Versus Experts
Vol. 11, No. 1, 1993
- Arthur A. Dole, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
University of Pennsylvania
- Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.
American Family Foundation
In this article, one of a series based on surveys about the New Age, we compared 52
"Critics" with 85 "Experts" in respect to their strongly held opinions
as measured by 196 five-point Likert items. We selected for consideration those items
cults, the occult,
and New Age
which were rated by one or both panels at the extremes as indicated by means and
percentages. Findings confirmed that defining the New Age was difficult, but the panels
agreed about its eclecticism and Eastern origins.
After redefining the New Age movement, we concluded that the most strongly endorsed items
supported and enhanced our previous findings: that the Experts were more varied than the
Critics' stereotype of the New Age, and that mutual understanding and respect between the
Judeo-Christian and New Age paradigms were desirable.