Sceptical spirituality

ACIM: A Course in Miracles

Classics of spiritual misdirection #6

Peter Eastman
13 min readNov 3, 2021

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Image of the ACIM book.
The full text.

Introductory remarks:

If any of the books in this series are essential to your life, and if you love them and depend on them, then please don’t read what follows. It’s not for you. Honestly — stay away ! My intention is not to hurt the feelings of devotees and believers. These articles are directed solely at those who, having read the texts in question, suspect that the author may be propagating an illusion.

Important disclaimer:

The angle from which we are approaching examples in this series is very unusual in the sense that we have not the slightest interest in scandal, hypocrisy, criminality, alcoholism, sexual misconduct or any of the rest of the supposed ‘sins’ to which religious teachers regularly succumb (just read the news, or follow some of the more investigative posters to Medium, like Matthew Remski). We are interested solely in the validity or otherwise of the spiritual teachings proposed; all the rest is irrelevant. In other words, we don’t care if the spiritual ‘teacher’ in question is the worst human being on earth, a predatory paedophile, a BTK serial killer and a member of Daesh, provided their teaching does what it claims to do, that is, illumine your metaphysical being such that you can usefully and meaningfully explore it for yourself.

‘A Course in Miracles’ (ACIM) is a somewhat unusual neo-Christian mystical teaching, anchored in vast amounts of textual exegesis, and supplemented by videos and tapes and lectures and everything else. It likes to present itself as substantially impressive. Yet like any and every New Age spiritual fantasy, it falls to pieces as soon as you ask any questions.

How best to approach this teaching?

We can begin with a casual sketch of the work as a whole, not pretending to be anything like a serious systematic analysis in itself, but merely as a point of orientation, so that someone following our line of thought can have some idea as to how we respond to the publication as a crafted proposition.

The copy we have of the ‘Text, Workbook for Students and Manual for Teachers’

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Peter Eastman

Independent Buddhist counsellor, teacher & writer. A quest for an objective spiritual Truth, devoid of any type of doctrine, belief or religion. Scepticism 101.