by James Jacob Prasch
Much has been said regarding Patrick Dixon being regarded as a charismatic guru figure and a physician turned physician to organizations, even recognized as such in certain secular circles.
Jacob Prasch & Moriel agree that Patrick Dixon is indeed a “guru” but not of a biblically Christian kind, rather of the classic Hindu kind.
In his book promoting the ‘Toronto Experience’ Dixon teaches that altered states of consciousness (ASCs) accompanied by irrational behavior are manifestations of The Holy Spirit. His mishandlings of scripture can only be deemed as nothing less than ridiculous. In one instance he argues Peter’s desire to build three booths at The Transfiguration was irrational, when in fact Peter clearly understood the transfiguration as a Messianic fulfillment of The Hebrew Feast of Booths.
We can not speak as to Patrick Dixon’s credibility as a physician (although his views were not shared at an Evangelical Alliance meeting in the UK by a Christian psychiatrist when the Toronto Experience was debated at a symposium involving David Noakes and Andrew Walker). It is impossible however to regard Patrick Dixon as anything less than a theological charlatan, who attempts to package contra biblical New Age and Hinduistic notions of spirituality in Christian jargon. Neither can Patrick Dixon be regarded as a Charismatic in any scriptural sense, but he is rather ‘a charismaniac” committed to the paradim shift spiritual counterfeit first pioneered by the late John Wimber’s Vinyard Movement, and by restorationist extremists with an experiential instead of biblical doctrinal theology such as Gerald Coates in the UK.
Assuming he is a better physcian than he is a preacher or Christian writer, we would urge Patrick Dixon to return to medicine and leave theology to those who understand biblical exegesis. Doctrinally speaking, Patrick Dixon is not simply a “fruitcake baked with a lot of nuts”, he is one of those who is deceived into deceiving others.