Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning

A Review of Brennan Manning's The Signature of Jesus
by John Caddock

The teachings of Manning are very dangerous. There is a seductive quality to his writings. He reports grappling with and overcoming fear, guilt, and psychological hang-ups and difficulties, including alcoholism. He gives the impression that he has a very intimate relationship with God and that he has insight to a superspirituality. He regularly meditates and reports having many visions and encounters with God. He is an extremely gifted writer who is able to tug at the emotions of the reader while at the same time introducing ideas that the reader would immediately reject if they were not cloaked under this emotional blanket...

He promises readers that if they apply his teaching they too will gain this same intimacy with God as well as freedom from fear, guilt, and psychological hang-ups and difficulties. This is very attractive. Manning's prescription to achieve this is not by traditional prayer and by the reading and application of the Bible. Rather, the means to this end is a mixture of Eastern mysticism, psychology, the New Age Movement, liberation theology, Catholicism, and Protestantism.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Manning in the Signature of Jesus may sound like Andrew Murray in some chapters but if you will read carefully you will find his book filled with Biblical error, and the "centering prayer" he promotes is in direct opposition of how Jesus instructs us to pray in the Lord's' prayer.
Christ Follower