The Influence of Esoteric and Pseudoscientific Disciplines on Christian Spirituality

  • Rimas Skinkaitis
  • Gabrielius Edvinas Klimenka
Keywords: esoterism and Christianity, magical worldview in the Church, Pastoral theology and occultism, Church's approach to pseudoscience.

Abstract

The study explores the impact of various pseudoscientific and esoteric ideas on Christian self-awareness. The two spheres of influence associated with esoterics, new religious movements, and pseudoscience are reviewed: a) The positive, which encourages Christians to improve pastoral forms and seek new ways of pastoral care; b) The negative, which distorts the Christian self-consciousness and distracts the believer from conscious and weighed-down evaluation of events and phenomena of life. Considering the problems caused by the influence of esoteric ideas, reveals areas that are discussed in public discourse, but through a negative prism. Thus, the article analyses how the pastoral field becomes hyper-critical and departs from adequate evaluation. The article identifies problem areas and provides initial solutions.

Published
2020-03-02
Section
Theology and Philosophy