I received the following e-mail which challenges my stance on Oprah and Tolle which I wrote about in my blog and also in a published article in The Catholic New World (joe-article-on-oprah-for-new-world.pdf), the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper. I believe this e-mail was sent in good faith with a desire for dialogue and I am happy to further converse about the Oprah/Tolle phenomenon. Be sure to read the attachment referred to in the e-mail.
Just re-read your Tolle article in the New World dated April 27th. I suppose it comes with the territory of writing for the Cardinal’s publication that one has to come down on the likes of Oprah and a Tolle.
Attached, (eckhart_tolle_and_the_christian_tradition1.pdf) please find a piece that sees the upside to what Tolle has to offer those of us who wish to connect more strongly with and understand a bit more clearly the mystery God. The style with which the article was written indicates to me the attached won’t change any minds, but maybe you can find it possible to be a bit less condemning of other people’s insights and ideas.
I invite y’all into the dialogue. I’ll offer responses of my own after you’ve had a chance to digest the e-mail and the attachment.