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The Power, the Glory, the Reaction : OR FALSE PROPHET?

March 01, 1992|"T he Power, the Glory, the Glitz," the Feb. 16 profile of Marianne Williamson by Times staff writer Terry Pristin, has produced a large response from readers, about equally divided between praise and criticism of the controversial lecturer. A sampling:

The problem with Marianne Williamson and others of her ilk is that they all have the audacity to claim they know what is in the mind of God. Because they have been given the "gift," their beliefs are facts, and the beliefs of others become only opinions.

The "Course" is perhaps the most escapist of all the pseudo-religious philosophies that exist today, for it states in one of its first lessons that "the world as we see it is just an illusion."

It is only natural, therefore, that the "Course" would appeal to those afflicted with life-threatening illness and to those rejected by other religions, especially those unwilling to accept the reality of their personal problems and those of the world.

Anything that is escapist, be it a drug or philosophy, can be very dangerous. The people who provide and promote these escapes should be approached with extreme caution and skepticism.

STUART SCHALLER

Northridge

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