Re-Reading the New Age – Part 7 – A Course in What?

Is Jesus Really the Author of A Course in Miracles? (Hint: NO) If He is the Author, if He did dictate this long long course, then He was perfectly happy to let Christians misunderstand Him and spread the wrong message for 2,000 years. Seems untrustworthy. I wouldn’t pay any attention to a Jesus like this one. Sounds more like a liar than a savior. And that’s just what I think the so-called Course in Miracles is: one big fat lie. Or a bunch of big fat lies. We’ll be looking at this course for at least a couple of weeks. I sat in on a few lessons back in the nineties, and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Hadn’t any of those people ever read the Bible? I guess not. And I guess their bull hockey detectors weren’t working very well, either.

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 7 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age. Is Jesus Really the Author of A Course in Miracles? (Hint: NO) If He is the Author, if He did dictate this long long course, then He was perfectly happy to let Christians misunderstand Him and spread the wrong message for 2,000 years. He didn’t correct the Reformers, either, when they came along, accusing the other Christians of getting it wrong, and they tore Christendom apart. You would think He would have said something. But, no, He waits 2,000 years to say anything to anybody about getting it all wrong and even then He spills the beans to an unbeliever. And He tells her things like: There is no sin, there is no guilt. 

The text is in the public domain I thought the text was in the public domain, but I spent part of tonight looking up the addresses of the free ones I saw on the web a few months ago when I began this re-reading project, and all I can find now are online versions and for-sale copies. This new information about the copyright status of the ACIM text will affect the matter of which version of “The Course” to use and how much to use, too. There are limits to the amount of material the copyright holders allow to be quoted. I read somewhere that there are “five known historical scribal versions” and there are reportedly some differences between them. I haven’t compared them and I don’t know how they are affected by the copyright situation. I’ll have to do some more research and re-think how I was going to do this before I go any further.

I’ll link a free version of the introduction to ACIM in the notes below, and I’ll also share some links where other Catholics have already written about it. A lot of people (fans of the Course) think it was dictated by Jesus Himself, but I’ll share enough with you in future installments in this series for you to see it (if you haven’t already) for what it really is: a poor substitute for real Christianity, for real spirituality, and for the real Jesus. 

In the meantime I want to share this with you, a talk from Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s excellent series, Catholics and the New Age: False Ideas About Christ.

Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me again. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, virtuous and holy. May the True Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His true peace be always with you. +JMJ+


Notes and Links

  • A Course in Miracles, Introduction: PDF from Wikimedia. Public domain.
  • A Course in Miracles, by Edward R. Hryczyk: “This article from the 1990s remains of importance due to the continuing influence of the occult work, ‘A Course in Miracles,’ by Helen Schuchman.” Article at CatholicCulture.
  • A Course in Brainwashing, by Tracy Moran. Article at Dialogue Ireland.
  • A Warning About A Course in Miracles, by Sharon Lee Giganti, former New Ager and ACIM teacher. Article at New Age Deception.
  • A talk from Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s excellent series (on YouTube), Catholics and the New Age: False Ideas About Christ.

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