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Karen Casey & A Course in Miracles

karen caseyMD writes: “Is Karen Casey into New Age?

Yes, and this prolific writer does nothing to hide it.

Karen Casey, Ph.D., who earned a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, is an avid devotee of A Course in Miracles, a program designed to eradicate the Judeo-Christian worldview in the reader and impose a philosophy that is utterly contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For example, the Course teaches that there is no sin and that guilt and suffering have no purpose. It is also riddled with heretical treatments of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the entire doctrine of salvation.

The Course originated in 1965 with a prominent clinical and research psychologist and Associate Professor of Medical Psychology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City named Helen Schucman, Ph.D. Schucman claimed to have “channeled” Jesus Christ who dictated the Course to her over a period of seven years. She claims Jesus Christ began speaking to her very unexpectedly one day, saying “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes.” The dictation, which came in the form of an intellectual locution, went on for the next seven years.

Casey claims that the impact this book had on her life was immeasurable since she was first introduced to it while a member of Alcoholics Anonymous many years ago.

“I’d have to say that nearly every spiritual perspective I now cherish is one that has been influenced by something I read either in the 669-page text, the 488-page workbook, or the 92-page manual for teachers that comprise A Course in Miracles,” Casey writes in her most recent book, 52 Ways to Live the Course in Miracles. “I’m so grateful for the vision I am now guided by. It’s a simple vision. It’s a practical vision. And it’s a gentle vision, not unlike the one I was so comforted by when I read Love Is Letting Go of Fear more than thirty-five years ago.”

We can only imagine how much of that vision underlies her many books that include Daily Meditations for Women, Daily Meditations for Practicing the Course, Every Day a New Beginning, The Promise of a New Day, and dozens of other titles.

The problem is that Casey’s idea of God and the Holy Spirit is not based in Sacred Scripture, but in the Course’s twisted version of Jesus Christ.

The late Father Benedict Groeschel, who was a student of Helen Schucman, said in his book, A Still Small Voice, that the books comprising the Course “are centered on a ‘Son of God’ who at times seems to be the Christ of orthodox Christianity and sometimes an avatar of an Eastern religion.”

For this reason, it’s easy for Christians to be lured into reading her books, not realizing that they are based on a concept of Christ and Christianity that originated with a channeler rather than the Bible.

For this reason, I would not recommend any of Casey’s books, regardless of how innocent they may seem on the surface.