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Strongly Held Views About the New Age: Critics Versus Experts

Cultic Studies Journal
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

Abstract
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 concerning 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.

Order: Strongly Held Views About the New Age: Critics Versus Experts

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Resources

Baamonde, Jos� Mar�a Ph.D.: "Experience Of The SPES Foundation"
Chambers, Robert, Ph.D. et al.: "The Group Psychological Abuse Scale"
Dole, Arthur A., Ph.D. "Strongly Held Views...New Age...Critics Versus Experts"
Heelas, Paul: "God's Company..New Age Ethics...Bank of Credit...Commerce"
Laskas, Jeanne Marie: "Never Say Die"
Reimers, Adrian J. Ph.D.: "More Than The Devil's Due"
Silletta, Alfredo: "Cults In Latin America"

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