Alpha Course Added to Spiritual Formation List
Posted by susanb99 on April 21, 2008
From Lighthouse Trails Blog:
Lighthouse Trails Research has added the Alpha Course to its Spiritual Formation list. This list is comprised of Christian organizations that are promoting Spiritual Formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality). It is the hope of Lighthouse Trails that believers can be made aware of this fast growing spirituality that negates biblical Christianity because of its mystical, panentheistic roots.
In an article titled “The Power of Alpha,” it states that USA Alpha president Todd Hunter is “excited about the marriage of spiritual formation and evangelism that Alpha brings.” Regarding spiritual formation, Hunter states
You’ve probably heard me articulate my vision to connect evangelism and spiritual formation into a seamless whole…. This requires what my friend Richard Foster is calling “The With-God Life.” Come to the International Renovare Conference and you will hear Richard, Dallas Willard, and others discuss The With-God Life. These are my favorite teachers I personally go anywhere, anytime to interact with.
On Hunter’s blog where he made this statement, he also invited visitors to attend a special lunch with Brian McLaren (already past). 1
In addition to Hunter’s hope to use Alpha as an avenue for spiritual formation, the following statement on another Alpha site backs this up:
My Anglican friends in England are very enthusiastic about the Alpha conference. At a time when many are seeking spiritual formation in the context of congregational life, the Alpha conference format has the potential to meet those expectations.”2
To understand the foundational problems with Alpha and to see its New Age implications, please examine our research on the Alpha Course. Much of this research comes from the tireless efforts of Dusty Peterson and Elizabeth McDonald, who have provided extensive documentation on Alpha (including their book, Alpha, the Unofficial Guide).
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