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Robert Price Phone Interview about his book “Top Secret”

Posted by Andy D. on July 24, 2008

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Dr. Robert M. Price will be speaking about his new book “Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticisms” in Fort Wayne on Wed. Aug 6th at 7 PM in the Main Allen County Public Library in the theatre on lower level 2.

This video is a half hour phone interview with enhanced graphics about his coming presentation.  There will be a Q and A session after the talk.  We would love to see you at the speech.  For more info on the event click here.

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Robert Price to speak for FreeThought Fort Wayne

Posted by Skeptigator on July 11, 2008

FreeThought Fort Wayne is bringing another speaker to the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. On Wednesday, August 6th beginning at 7:00PM, Robert M. Price will be giving a public lecture at the Downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library on his new book, Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticism. Please read the book and come prepared to ask questions during the Question and Answer period.

For more information regarding Robert Price’s lecture in Fort Wayne or FreeThought Fort Wayne, please contact: contact@freethoughtfortwayne.org

Download the Flyer Here (PDF, 716KB)

About the Book

The following is an excerpt from the review of Robert Price’s book, Top Secret,

America may be the land of plenty, but in the midst of our Walmarts, enormous supermarkets, and other signs of material surfeit, it seems that many are experiencing a gnawing spiritual hunger. New religions, spiritualities, and religious therapies attract throngs of believers to megachurches, Yoga classes, and the bestseller bookshelves. The latest popular fad in spirituality is Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, which promises both success and spiritual fulfillment, and is endorsed by no less than Oprah Winfrey.

If you’re trying to make sense of all the offerings in this confusing spiritual wonderland, Top Secret is just the book for you. Noted religion scholar Robert M. Price examines the historical roots and the current appeal of today’s pop mysticisms. Critical and appreciative at the same time, Price applies his impressive background in theology and biblical criticism to put these trends in perspective. Among other popular movements and books, Price discusses:

  • Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
  • Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret and New Thought
  • Helen Schucman’s A Course in Miracles and the popular works of Marianne Williamson
  • Deepak Chopra’s How to Know God
  • James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy
  • The Jewish Kabbalah, recently made popular by Madonna
  • Joel Osteen’s Prosperity Gospel and his popular Your Best Life Now
  • Diedre Blomfield Brown (AKA Pema Chödrön) and American-style Buddhism

Whether you’re a skeptic looking for a rational approach to understanding current religion or a seeker in search of a deeper, more informed understanding of popular spiritualities, Top Secret has much to offer.

About the Author

Robert M. Price is Professor of Biblical Criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute as well as the editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism. His books include Beyond Born Again, The Widow Traditions in Luke-Acts: A Feminist-Critical Scrutiny, Deconstructing Jesus, and The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man. Forthcoming titles are The Crisis of Biblical Authority, Jesus Christ Superstar: A Redactional Study of a Modern Gospel, The Da Vinci Controversy and The Amazing Colossal Apostle

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Listen to a telephone interview with enhanced graphics with Robert Price about his book “Top Secret”

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Why is James Dobson worried?

Posted by Skeptigator on March 19, 2008

One of our members sent me this article, Anti-gay kingpin Dobson looks to future generations to maintain the cause, at PageOneQ. It seems that James Dobson, the voice of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, is worried that there will be no one from the younger generation to carry on the conservative Christian message. Well at least Dobson’s message.

I can see why he is worried, he’s not getting any younger. Falwell has already died and the other “big names” aren’t exactly spring daisies either. Pat Robertson is still around but he’s pushing 80. I’m pretty sure Billy Graham actually died a decade ago but no one has told him yet. I think the Joel Osteen’s with their What Will God Give Me Prosperity Gospel will never quite make the same in-roads or have the same broad appeal that the Falwell’s enjoyed. I suppose Ted Haggard was looking pretty good until he… uh… pulled a boner ***.

After the big names in the Evangelical movement pass away, who will tell us which foriegn leaders we should assassinate? Who will tell us when God is pissed about a gay pride parade and then drown a whole city? Who will warn us of the gay-ification process of children’s cartoon characters (and yes gay-ification is word)? Who will warn us of the Jews in the media? I guess I don’t share Dobson’s concern, I wonder why that is?

*** You know that was funny.

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