Challenging the "wisdom" of bestselling new age and spiritual writers"Spiritual Snake Oil" shows that the same fallacies that plague religious apologetics also infect virtually all "new age" and "spiritual" writing. Author Chris Edwards does this by dissecting the arguments and assertions of the most prominent "new age" icons and "spiritual" writers. They include Robert Pirsig ("Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"), James Redfield ("The Celestine Prophecy"), Deepak Chopra ("Life After Death"), Dinesh D'Souza ("Life After Death"), Francis Collins's ("The Language of God"), Rhonda Byrne ("The Secret"), and even Michael Crichton (a surprising defender of New Age thinking). As Edwards shows, the same fallacies, the same errors in argument, show up time after time in the writings of these--and virtually all other--"new age" and "spiritual" writers. In addition to explaining these fallacies in the chapters devoted to the individual authors, Edwards devotes a final chapter, "A Compendium of Fallacies," to outlining the tricks and deceptive practices common to illogical arguments.
Reviews"Sure to outrage religious readers, and not just fundamentalists, this chatty, totally irreverent title, written under a pseudonym, speaks to teen rebels of all faiths who question religious indoctrination . . . . Readers can dip in wherever they like to find support for their arguments against the nonbelievers or to find their own doubts reflected." —Booklist on Disbelief 101
Author BiographyChris Edwards is the author of Disbelief 101 and has written extensively for many skeptical and secularist periodicals, including the two most prominent, Free Inquiry and Skeptic.