Many prominent New Age
figures have stated that the foundational teaching of the New
World Religion is the "immanence"of God (i.e., God "in"
everything). Benjamin Creme, New Age leader and spokesperson for
the false New Age "Christ" Maitreya, says:
But eventually a new
world religion will be inaugurated which will be a
fusion and synthesis of the approach of the East and the
approach of the West. The Christ will bring together,
not simply Christianity and Buddhism, but the concept of
God transcendent--outside of His creation--and also the
concept of God immanent in all creation--in man and all
New Age matriarch Alice
Bailey also describes how the ultimate path to God in the New
World Religion will be based on accepting the teaching of God's
"immanence"--God "in" everything. Bailey writes:
. . . a fresh
orientation to divinity and to the acceptance of the
fact of God Transcendent and of God Immanent within
every form of life.
These are the foundational truths upon which the world
religion of the future will rest.2
. . . Robert Schuller has
already publicly aligned himself with this foundational teaching
of the New World Religion. On November 9, 2003, in an Hour of
Power sermon broadcast to millions of people around the world,
Schuller stated that over the previous several years his
increased understanding of God's "immanence" had caused his
faith to become "deeper, broader, and richer more than ever." He
then proclaimed: "God is alive and He is in every single human
. . .
Leonard Sweet presents this same teaching of immanence in
his book Quantum Spirituality. While Sweet praises, promotes and
even consults with New Age leaders, he also teaches that God is
immanent--"in the very substance of creation [panentheism]."4
Eugene Peterson's "as above, so below" in the Lord's Prayer
carries this same immanent God "in" everything message.5
If this immanent "God in everything" new worldview is where the
church is heading, how might church leaders . . . present this
view without looking like they've "flip-flopped" on their
Christian faith? Again, the answer seems to be the intent to wed
this God "in" everything immanence with the "new science" and
the "new math." In other words, new findings from fractal
theory, chaos theory, and quantum physics will seem to prove
that God is "in" everything--"as above, so below." Given that
Leonard Sweet's quantum spirituality may signify where . . .
church leaders are headed, it is important to take a closer look
at how New Age leaders are presenting their quantum
The New Age/New Spirituality is already heralding quantum
physics as a "scientific" basis for their contention that God is
not only transcendent but also immanent--"in" everyone and
everything. Physicist Fritjof Capra's 1975 best-selling book on
quantum physics--The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the
Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism--was the
first to present this proposed scientific/spiritual model to a
mass audience. In it, Capra explains that he gained new
spiritual insights through a mystical experience he had sitting
on a beach in Santa Cruz, California in 1969:
Five years ago, I had
a beautiful experience which set me on a road that has
led to the writing of this book. I was sitting by the
ocean one late summer afternoon, watching the waves
rolling in and feeling the rhythm of my breathing, when
I suddenly became aware of my whole environment as being
engaged in a gigantic cosmic dance. . . . As I sat on
that beach my former experiences [research in
high-energy physics] came to life; I 'saw' cascades of
energy coming down from outer space, in which particles
were created and destroyed in rhythmic pulses; I 'saw'
the atoms of the elements and those of my body
participating in this cosmic dance of energy; I felt its
rhythm and I 'heard' its sound, and at that moment I
knew that this was the Dance of Shiva, the Lord of
Dancers worshipped by the Hindus.6
Commenting on his
experience thirty years later, Capra writes that back in 1970 he
"knew with absolute certainty that the parallels between modern
physics and Eastern mysticism would someday be common
knowledge."7 In 1999, in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of
his book, Capra reflects on the fact that The Tao of Physics had
sold more than a million copies over the years and had been
translated into at least twelve languages:
What did The Tao of
Physics touch off in all these people? What was it they
had experienced themselves? I had come to believe that
the recognition of the similarities between modern
physics and Eastern mysticism is part of a much larger
movement, of a fundamental change of worldviews, or
paradigms, in science and society, which is now
happening throughout Europe and North America and which
amounts to a profound cultural transformation. This
transformation, this profound change of consciousness,
is what so many people have felt intuitively over the
past two or three decades, and this is why The Tao of
Physics has struck such a responsive chord.8
The awareness of the
unity and mutual interrelation of all things and events,
the experience of all phenomena as manifestations of a
basic oneness, is also the most important common
characteristic of Eastern worldviews. One could say it
is the very essence of those views, as it is of all
mystical traditions. All things are seen as
interdependent, inseparable, and as transient patterns
of the same ultimate reality.9
Fritjof Capra then
describes the union of mysticism and the new physics as the "new
spirituality" that is "now being developed by many groups and
movements, both within and outside the churches." As an example
of how this "new spirituality" is moving into the church, he
refers to one of Leonard Sweet's "role models" and "heroes"--Matthew
On the other hand, I
also believe that our own spiritual traditions will have
to undergo some radical changes in order to be in
harmony with the values of the new paradigm. The
spirituality corresponding to the new vision of reality
I have been outlining here is likely to be an
ecological, earth-oriented, postpatriarchal
spirituality. This kind of new spirituality is now being
developed by many groups and movements, both within and
outside the churches. An example would be the
creation-centered spirituality promoted by Matthew Fox
and his colleagues.10
A perfect example of
Capra's reference to how this quantum "new spirituality" is
being developed in churches is exemplified by Margaret
Wheatley's appearance at the
Leadership Network's May 2000 "Exploring off the Map" conference
with Leonard Sweet and others. . . . Wheatley first encountered
the "new science" in Fritjof Capra's book The Turning Point, as
noted in the updated introduction of her book Leadership and the
I opened my first
book on the new science--Fritjof Capra's The Turning
Point, which describes the new world view emerging from
quantum physics. This provided my first glimpse of a new
way of perceiving the world, one that comprehended its
processes of change, its deeply patterned nature, and
its dense webs of connections.11
To further illustrate how
pervasive this quantum spirituality has become in the church,
consider an organization called
VantagePoint3. This South Dakota-based group has developed a
three-phase "spiritual formation" program called The
VantagePoint3 Process (or L3), which incidentally is being used
by a growing number of churches across North America. In the
first phase--"Emerging Leaders"--a quote and summation of
Margaret Wheatley is used to teach one of the points in that
phase. The curriculum quotes Wheatley from her book Leadership
and the New Science and emphasizes her view on "relationship"
and "interconnection."12 The fact that this program points to
Wheatley demonstrates yet another way that quantum physics and
quantum spirituality is already in the church. It is worth
noting that this curriculum uses Galatians 3:27-28 to partially
summarize what Wheatley has to say. But while Galatians 3 speaks
of "Christ Jesus," Wheatley's quantum "Christ" is the universal
"Christ" of quantum "oneness." VantagePoint3's use of Wheatley
to teach about "Christ" is a perfect example of what Fritjof
Capra described as this new spirituality being developed within
The VantagePoint3 Process also cites materials by Leonard Sweet,
Peter Senge, and Ken Blanchard. All three were featured with
Wheatley at the "Exploring off the Map" conference organized by
Bob Buford and Leadership Network.
Another example of how quantum physics has already entered the
church is through the ministry of Annette Capps--the daughter of
best-selling author and charismatic pastor Charles Capps. There
are over 100,000 copies of Annette Capps' booklet Quantum Faith
in print. In the booklet, she presents a Christian faith
compatible with the so-called "scientific" principles of quantum
physics and as such is also compatible with the so-called
"scientific" principles of the New Age/New Spirituality. She
even refers readers to New Age leader Gary Zukav's book The
Dancing Wu Li Masters--An Overview of the New Physics.13 In her
booklet, she writes:
As I studied the
theories of quantum physics, I was reminded of a
prophecy given by my father, author and teacher Charles
Capps, "Some things which have required faith to believe
will no longer require faith, for it will be proven to
be scientific fact."14
Obviously, authors like
Gary Zukav and Fritjof Capra have had a huge influence not only
in the world, but also in the church. Capra, a New Age physicist
and Aquarian conspirator, is mentioned frequently in Marilyn
Ferguson's book The Aquarian Conspiracy.15 In addition,
countless books and articles have been written about the quantum
aspects of the "new science" and the "new spirituality" since
the publication of Capra's The Tao of Physics and The Turning
Point. Gary Zukav and his writings on quantum physics were
praised and featured years ago by Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah
Winfrey Show.16 William Young's best-selling book The Shack is
just the latest in a long line of books that deal directly or
indirectly with quantum physics and quantum spirituality. And
like Wheatley's book Leadership and the New Science but on a
much larger scale, Young's book is also having great influence
by subtly introducing quantum physics and quantum spirituality
into the church. . . .
In his 2009 book So Beautiful, Leonard Sweet underscores [this]
quantum "relational worldview"17 by favorably quoting from
William Young's The Shack regarding relationship.18 He also
tells readers to look to Margaret Wheatley's Leadership and the
New Science to further understand his quantum view on the
"spiritual and social significance of relationship."19
[The question must be asked] Are they [Christian and emerging
leaders] about to take a big "quantum leap" into the New
Spirituality of a New Age that is based on the findings of the
"new science"? (This has been an excerpt from Warren Smith's new
A "Wonderful" Deception, chapter 13. For more on The Shack,
see chapter 12 of A "Wonderful" Deception.)
1. Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the
Masters of Wisdom (London, England: The Tara Press, 1980), p.
88; see also: Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, op. cit, p.
2. Alice Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ, op. cit, p.
150; see also: Smith,
Deceived on Purpose, op. cit., p. 156.
3. Hour of Power, Robert H. Schuller, Program #1762, "God's
Word: Rebuild, Renew, Restore," November 9, 2003, op. cit.
4. Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 125.
5. Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, pp. 32-34; Ronald S.
Miller and the Editors of New Age Journal, As Above, So Below:
Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Los Angeles, CA:
Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1992), p. xi.
6. Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the
Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism (Boston,
MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1999), p. 11.
7. Ibid., p. 323.
8. Ibid., pp. 324-325.
9. Ibid., p. 330.
10. Ibid., p. 341.
11. Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science:
Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler
Inc., 3rd ed., 2006), pp. 3-4, brought to my attention by
Discernment Research Group.
12. Emerging Leaders: Relational Foundations of Leadership
(Sioux Falls, SD, Vantage Point3, 2006,
p. 52; this information provided by Jennifer Pekich.
13. Annette Capps, Quantum Faith (England, AR: Capps Publishing,
2003, 2007), p. 4, booklet brought to my attention by Larry
14. Ibid., p. 6.
15. Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, pp. 145, 149-150,
152, 172, 261, 374.
16. Gary Zukav's first appearance on Oprah was in October 1998.
This propelled his book The Seat of the Soul to the top of the
New York Times best-seller list for two years.
17. Leonard Sweet, So Beautiful (Colorado Springs, CO: David C.
Cook, 2009), p. 279, #118.
18. Ibid., p. 101.
19. Ibid., p. 256, #22.
Will the "New Science" Prove That God is "in" All Things?