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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
February 1998 - 18[2]:16

New Book: Gospel Versus Occultism
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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During the past several decades, the western world has witnessed an explosion of interest in subjects relating to the paranormal, witchcraft, New Age beliefs, and even Satan worship. Widely-read magazines like Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and others have prepared exhaustive investigative reports on these phenomena. Nightly news programs on major television networks have presented intriguing, in-depth programs on the current popularity of belief in matters relating to the occult. From university campuses to pulpit sermons, such subjects are being openly discussed and hotly debated.

While we as Christians are not to be “of the world,” it nevertheless is true that we live “in the world” (John 15:19; Romans 12:2; 1 John 4:4-6). Thus, more often than not, whatever affects those around us has the potential to affect us as well. Especially is this the case when it comes to belief systems.

Today—if reports in the popular media can be accepted at face value—belief in the occult appears to be flourishing. Concepts such as “extrasensory perception” (ESP), demon possession, seances, and even voodoo are being touted by some who, in years gone by, would have eschewed any support for such ideas.

 Therefore, I am pleased to announce the publication and availability of The Gospel Versus Occultism. This 77-page book was authored by Darrell Conley, who currently serves as minister of the Northern Oaks Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas, and who has been a long-time friend of our work at Apologetics Press. Darrell also is a professional magician (and has been for well over two decades) who performs over seventy magic shows a year. He has attained the Order of Merlin for 25 continuous years of membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians. In addition, he is a member, and former officer, in the Society of American Magicians.

As a magician, Darrell has had a life-long interest in what has been call the art of “honest deception” But his training as a Gospel preacher also stirred in him an interest in exposing those who would misuse such procedures to dishonestly misrepresent the facts, or who would perpetrate a fraud upon the gullible, naive, or unsuspecting.

From this background, he has written The Gospel Versus Occultism, which includes chapters on extrasensory perception, voodoo, crystals, demon possession, and related topics. The book not only is understandable, but interesting as well. I believe it would benefit those of almost all age groups (especially junior high school and above). It sells for $4.95, and may be ordered by credit card by calling toll-free 1-800-234-8558. It also makes a great gift.

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