Just in time for Halloween, “Christian” publisher Intervarsity Press (IVP) has premiered its new website: EnneagramToday.com. Have the leaders at Intervarsity lost their minds, or are they just hitting the New Age cash register for their piece of the Enneagram pie after missing the Christian Yoga boom.
I learned much about what I know about the New Age from a Christian perspective from Professor Douglas Groothius’s books “Unmasking the New Age” (1986) and “Confronting the New Age” (1988), both from Intervarsity Press. Unfortunately, when it comes to publishing questionable “Christian” books about a New Age tool of very questionable origins, it appears that they did not consult their most eminent scholar and expert on the matter.
On IVP’s new website, the article “What is the Enneagram and where did it come from?” describes exactly what occult Gnosticism is about, but fails to apprehend it. Alice Fryling even calls it “secret knowledge” passed down by word of mouth which is by definition esoteric Gnosticism:
“In modern times this oral tradition has been passed down largely through the Catholic Church, but until the second half of the twentieth century, the Enneagram was considered “secret knowledge.” Laypeople, it was thought, could not handle this information with care and wisdom.”
Just a few things to know about the Enneagram:
- The Enneagram has no Christian origins – There is evidence that any of the early Church fathers used a nine-sided symbol for divining spiritual truths
- The Enneagram is a New Age gnostic tool developed by Georges Gurdjieff that did not include personality types
- Claudio Naranjo, a New Age psychiatrist, developed the Enneagram Personality types from personal revelation through “automatic handwriting.” Automatic handwriting is a form of occult spirit-channeling similar to using an Ouiji board.
- Claudio Naranjo, in a video in 2010, said that he “made up this tale” about the ancient origins of his personality types to help promote the Enneagram. (See Youtube Video Interview)
- The Enneagram has no basis or any significant support in psychometric research
(From ChristianAnswersfortheNewAge.org article: “Facts and Fictions of the Enneagram.”)
See Marcia Montenegro’s video “The Origins of the Enneagram” :