If the heart of the Christian faith and life is the unmediated encounter with God, even divinization (theosis), then how does one prevent a synthesis of evangelical pietism and New Age spirituality if the latter offers such access? According to this piece in CT it’s happening. Before we begin tut-tutting, I’ve seen it in Reformed circles. Peter Jones has a point. What is QIRE? It’s the Quest for Illegitimate Religious Experience. It’s explained here. This piece also reminds me of Rahner’s (and Vatican II’s) doctrine of the “anonymous Christian.” To measure where contemporary “evangelicalism” is imagine this piece appearing in CT c. 1964. Wouldn’t happen. Couldn’t happen. Shine, Jesus Shine (HT: Gary Johnson).