“But we do Christian Yoga!” What? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Christian yoga? Isn’t that like saying “Christianity is Hinduism”? Or “Hinduism is Christianity”? There’s no denying it. Yoga is very popular. Thus, these questions always arise with others such as: Can Christian practice yoga? Is yoga a religion? , or Can one just do the yoga exercises without any spiritual component? To some Christians, yoga is a new age “Trojan horse” that brings with it the Eastern Mysticism worldview of Pantheism (all is God, God is all) and too many Americans (including Christians) have embraced. To others, it doesn’t look like a “passing” fad, because it’s here to stay. Rather than just pragmatizing the “spiritual”, the authors Branch, Hux and Gibson help us to see in this issue of the Areopagus Journal that if yoga is perceived as just physical exercise than the truth about yoga is stretched! See other related issues of Areopagus Journal such as Engaging the New Age and Eastern Religions.
Veritas: Stretching the Truth? by Craig Branch
What Is Yoga? by Clete Hux
It Isn’t Just Exercise: The Religious Nature of Yoga by Keith Gibson
The Frog and the Horse: Yoga in American Culture by Craig Branch
Near-Death Experiences and Life After Death by Steven B. Cowan
Public Schools: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice? by John Ankerberg, Craig Branch and John Weldon. Self Published, 1999; 277 pages
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Doubleday, 2003; 454 pages
Short Book Notes
Show Them No Mercy: Four Views on God and Canaanite Genocide Edited by Stanley N. Gundry. Zondervan, 2003; 204 pages
God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God Edited by Douglas S. Huffman and Eric L. Johnson. Zondervan, 2002; 312 pages.