-An Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle-

A Christian Response to Eckhart Tolle’s:

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

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By Dr. Ron Woodworth 

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Introduction

I first heard of Eckhart Tolle when dear friends of ours mentioned they had, out of curiosity, ordered a copy of his latest book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, after hearing of it advertised on the Oprah Winfrey show. The more we discussed the content and popularity of the book the more certain I was that I should read, research, and write a response (rather than a reaction) from a “Christian” perspective1.  My objective here is to present an article that is informed by my experience as an adjunct professor of world religions2, a seminary graduate3, a published Christian author4, and a former senior pastoral leader5.

Please know that in the article that follows there is absolutely no judgmentalism, resentment or vitriol in my intention. In fact, I am quite certain that Tolle and Winfrey are both sincerely seeking to bring awareness to many of those who have felt alienated from the irrelevance of legalistic “religion,” be it Christian or otherwise. I also share their concern. People are hurting and are on a quest for healing, wholeness (harmony and alignment), and true meaning in life. Hence, rather than engage in an argumentative debate, my hope is that this article will at least help to clarify some fundamental issues between . . .

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