Dr. Peter Jones should be renamed Irenaeus Issachar Jones. Like the great church father, Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130-c. 200), for the sake of the gospel he has explored an astonishing array of contemporary "spiritual" movements. His analyses have already helped many Christians think more clearly about the influences on our culture. And like the men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32), Peter Jones understands the times and knows what to do. The Pagan Heart of Today's Culture merits the attention of every minister, teacher, parent and student.
My friend Peter Jones has written a number of books, showing that contemporary ideologies like new age," neopaganism, pantheism, mysticism, modernism, and postmodernism, can be seen as varieties of what he calls oneism," the view that we are all one, because we are God and God is us. Oneism is opposed to twoismbiblical Christianity, with its distinction between the creator and the creature. As such, oneism closely resembles ancient Gnosticism, which in turn sheds much light on the nature of the contemporary ideologies. Jones argument here is somewhat complicated, but The Pagan Heart of Today's Culture does much to clear it up. It is a short book, built out of very short sections. After every four or five paragraphs, Jones provides questions so that the reader can review what he or she has just read. Bit by bit, the details come into focus, and the reader perceives the true threat of these movements and the urgency of faith in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.