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Monday, September 17, 2007 

Christianity & Yoga II

Awhile ago, a slight blogstorm whirled up regarding Christians practicing yoga. As usual, I stuck my fool head into the argument, and this was the result. I'm not sure if I still understand the cult/culture distinction in the same way, but that was what I wrote then.

Recently, two theologian/pastors - united in their ability to deftly comment on seemingly anthing and everything - debated the merits of Christians practicing yoga: John MachArthur and Doug Pagitt. Their debate, though not extensive, is not new, either.

At around the same time, a certain Swami commented on our blog regarding "Christian" yoga. I'm not sure, but I think he's against it. He's even got a Youtube video (medium is the message?).

So what do y'all think? What relationship does Christianity have with yoga? Can we divorce physical actions from spiritual concepts? What does our answer say about gnosticism and Two Kingdoms theology? What's your favorite yoga position?

Let the comments fly!

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I don't know enough about yoga to comment, but I think I recall Dr. Peter Jones writing on it saying that Christians should not be involved in it. Might want to check that out.

not because this is my official position, but rather because I'm genuinely interested in what peeps think, does the hermetical principle extracted from 1 Corinthians 8-10 speak to this situation at all? Or is this completely different?

and here I'm specifically thinking of the food/idol discussion.

just read up what the swami had to say. Perhaps semantic clarification would go a long way in appeasing both sides?

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