False Dawn: The United Religions Initiative, Globalism, and the Quest for a One-world Religion

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Sophia Perennis, 2004 - Religion - 490 pages
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The interfaith movement, which began with the 1893 World s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, has grown worldwide. Although this movement has been largely unknown to the public, it now provides a spiritual face for globalization, the economic and political forces leading us all from nationalism to One World . The most ambitious organization in today s interfaith movement is the United Religions Initiative (URI), founded by William Swing, the Episcopal Bishop of California. Investigative reporter Lee Penn, a Catholic ex-Marxist, exhaustively documents the history and beliefs of the URI and its New Age and globalist allies, the vested interests that support these movements, and the direction they appear to be taking. The interfaith movement is no longer merely the province of a coterie of little-heeded religious idealists with grandiose visions. The URI s proponents have ranged from billionaire George Soros to President George W. Bush, from the far-right Rev. Sun Myung Moon to the liberal Catholic theologian Hans Kung, and from the Dalai Lama to the leaders of government-approved Protestant churches in the People s Republic of China. The interfaith movement, including the URI, is being promoted by globalist and New Age reformers who favor erosion of national sovereignty, marginalization of traditional religions, establishment of global governance, and creation of a new, Earth-based global spirituality in effect, a one-world religion. Therefore, the URI and the interfaith movement are poised to become the spiritual foundation of the New World Order: the new civilization now proposed by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union. In The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times, French metaphysician Rene Guenon spoke of the anti-tradition (the forces of materialism and secular humanism) finally giving way to the counter-tradition (the satanic inversion of true spirituality), leading to the regime of Antichrist. The anti-tradition weakens and dissolves traditional spiritualities, after which the counter-tradition sets up a counterfeit in their place. Since Guenon s time, as is well known, anti-traditional forces have greatly advanced worldwide. It is less well-known that counter-traditional movements have also made great strides, and now stand closer to the centers of global political and religious power than ever before. The counter-tradition is making inroads on the political and cultural Right, as much as it is doing on the Left. False Dawn painstakingly documents these trends, and speculates on their future development. In so doing, the author takes investigative reporting to the threshold of prophecy, and gives us a stunningly plausible picture of the global religious landscape of the 21st century. This extraordinary project is the literary equivalent of turning over a flat rock. There is much to be seen and learned here all of it unsettling, disquieting, occasionally downright scary. William Murchison, Radford Distinguished Professor, Baylor University When a bishop of a Christian church happily worships alongside a Wiccan invoking other gods, something has gone horribly wrong. In False Dawn, Lee Penn has produced a comprehensive and critical history of the United Religions Initiative. This book sounds a clear warning: Anyone who makes theological truth subservient to utopianism denigrates all religions. Douglas LeBlanc, Editor, GetReligion.org
 

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Contents

FOREWORD i
1
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
28
ONE ANGLICAN BISHOPS DREAM
35
THE IDEALS AND THE PRACTICE OF THE URI
69
THE URIs FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
93
AMONG THE NATIONS THE NONCHRISTIAN
105
New Religious Movements and the URI
115
A DIVIDED VERDICT THE CHURCHES AND THE URI
140
PRESENTDAY FOLLOWERS OF ALICE BAILEY
284
ROBERT MULLER
306
BARBARA MARX HUBBARD
316
NEALE DONALD WALSCH
327
THE INVERTED SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS OF
348
Counterpoint
355
THE STATE OF THE WORLD FORUM
365
THE EARTH CHARTER
380

FOURTEEN REASONS TO STAND AGAINST THE UNITED
175
11 Stigmatizing Exclusive Religions and Orthodoxy
182
111 Laying the Ground for a New Religion of the Sacred Earth
188
1v Fostering Dissent Within Traditional Religions
205
CLOSING THE CASE AGAINST THE URI
235
THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT FRIVOLOUS IN APPEARANCE
246
ALICE A BAILEY AND THE Luc1s TRUST
259
MAURICE STRONG
389
ARE THE NEW AGE AND GLOBALIST MOVEMENTS
396
THE ASCENDANCY OF THE ANTITRADITION
404
THE URI CHARTERS PREAMBLE PURPOSE
449
A SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
455
AUTHORS BIOGRAPHY
479
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