1. Welcome to Baptist Board, a friendly forum to discuss the Baptist Faith in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to all the features that our community has to offer.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

Celebration of Discipline / Richard Foster

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Bro. Billy, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. Bro. Billy

    Bro. Billy New Member

    Aug 26, 2004
    Likes Received:
    Curious if anyone knows anything about the book "Celebration of Discipline" by Richard Foster and what your thoughts are.

  2. Marcia

    Marcia Active Member

    May 12, 2004
    Likes Received:
    I've had to deal with this book because of my ministry. Actually, the first time I saw this book, it was the earlier edition where he actually taught about going out of one's body. That section and other sections were removed in later editions. I think his book is a mixture of some good things with some things not so good. He gives very little Biblical support for many of his statements, and he quotes in a positive way many Catholic mystics and universalists.

    Foster, a Quaker, has an organization called Renovare. Many Roman Catholics are on his board. This is not surpristing since Foster quotes so many Catholics and endorses something called Contemplative Prayer, a method of meditation (Eastern/New Age meditation combined with Catholic mysticism) started in the Catholic church by monks/priests Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating. Catholic monk Thomas Merton, who was heavily influenced by Buddhist meditation, was a big influence on this.

    Here are some links (I do not endorse everything on the sites of all these links but I think they do point out serious issues with Foster):

    At the link below are more links on the left on Richard Foster:


    An additonal article that mentions Foster:
    "The Evangelical Attraction to Mysticism"

    Hopefully, this info will help.
  3. Turpius

    Turpius New Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Likes Received:
    I had liked Foster and his books, but now I may have to rethink some of this......hhhmmmmm