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on January 23, 2018
I found this quite repetitive and disappointing information
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on October 23, 2015
Extremely informative, very extensive bibliography, well written expose of current & future events...........
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on July 21, 2014
I am already re-reading it! Explains so much of what is going on in the world today. Only wish I had had this information early on. I recommend this book for anyone and everyone. Names, dates, places, policies, politics, you name it, this book has it! Lee Penn has done a fantastic job of investigation with facts galore. One of the best I've ever read. Very concise. Just the chapter index alone tells the story. No fiction here--all truth!
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on March 11, 2012
Lee Penn spends most of the book cataloging the New Age movement, the agendas it pursues, and the danger it represents to Christian religion. The thing is, having followed this story for some time, I knew the general details. Lee brought out the fullness of the story, backed by countless references, making the case absolutely airtight. If you have a question about some aspect of the question, you can simply look it up in Lee's book. It's all there, complete with all documentation. But consider part II of the question this way: What happens if you push a pendulum as far as you can, towards one extreme? Do you think it will stay where you put it? Of course, there will be a reaction. Lee has seen this, and outlines the danger of the reaction that will inevitably follow when the strength of the left-wing agenda against religion dissipates. Self-righteous fighters for religion will step in, seize the agenda, and use the built-up momentum to promote their own hellish agenda. In other words, beware your apparent benefactor. I own a hard copy of this book, and recommend concerned individual do the same.
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on December 17, 2011
For many years Malachi Martin tried to convince us that the three major forces abroad in the world today were the creation of a global economy (to a great extent achieved), the creation of a One World government (though there seems to be some dispute about who should be at the top of the heap), and the creation of a One World religion (which is behind much of the ideation of Vatican II and its aftermath). If these goals are fully achieved, it is believed by many that we will have a period of peace and prosperity--this despite the obvious fact that such is condemned by all the Scriptures of the world as but a prelude to the reign of Antichrist.

Part of the impetus for creating a One-World religion is that the major religions seem to preach similar truths. It is forgotten that St. Thomas Aquinas, quoting St. Ambrose, taught that all truth, no matter where it is found, has the Holy Ghost for its author. For some reason this leads many people to become indifferent to these truths rather than to accept them as the common inheritance of mankind. There is nothing in such recognition that should induce people to abandon their own religion and their God-given sources of truth. But there is a vast difference between recognizing common truths and creating a new religion, a kind of smorgasbord based on picking and choosing the lowest common denominator of commonality and including in such selections the various false cults of the New Age pseudo-spirituality. Yet such is the goal of the United Religions Initiative. Many will dismiss the efforts of individuals like Bishop Swing (the former Episcopal Bishop of California, founder of the URI) as of no significance. However, Lee Penn has done a remarkable piece of well-documented research showing how powerful and effective this aspect of the New World Order really is, how closely it is tied to such deviations as Theosophy, Masonry and Spiritism, and how intrinsically it is not only anti-Christian, but also, for lack of a better term, anti-traditional. It is, to use René Guénon's telling phrase, part of the "counter-tradition".

Lee Penn, while writing from a Christian prospective, clearly sees the broader implications of this movement as is demonstrated by his familiarity with the writings of Guénon, and his editorial assistant who is Muslim--Charles Upton, author of a somewhat parallel book entitled The System of Antichrist. He not only exposes the strong anti-Christian bias of the movement, but also reveals its Satanic connections, and how it aims at creating, not some kind of syncretism, but much more at creating an entirely new religion with a new code of ethics that includes euthanasia, abortion, population control etc. The author provides an excellent section on the role of Mikhail Gorbachev; he also shows the tie-in with ecological movements aimed at fostering "nature worship", the Shamanistic religions and Wicca--an integral part of the overall plan. Now all this is not being fostered by a group of "crazies" but rather is extremely well funded by some of the most powerful economic forces in the world, with inter-governmental ties and deep connections to the United Nations. The list of interlocking organizations is truly extraordinary and the documentary proof of such is clearly provided. It is important that we be aware of these connections insofar as we can be misled into supporting groups which present us with seemingly traditional values.

Such ideas are, of course, not new. One interesting quote which the author provides, which among many other things goes to show the depth of his research, is taken from Stevenson's The Four Reformers, published in 1888

Four reformers met under a bramble bush. They were all agreed the world must be changed. "We must abolish property," said one. "We must abolish marriage," said the second. "We must abolish God said the third." "I wish we could abolish work," said the forth. "Do not let us get beyond practical politics", said the first. "The first thing is reduce men to a common level." "The first thing" said the second, "is to give freedom to the sexes." "The first thing" said the third, "is to find out how to do it." "The first step," said the first, " is to abolish the Bible." "The first thing," said the second, "is to abolish the laws." "The first thing," said the third, "is to abolish mankind."

This book can be easily categorized as but further evidence of the times we live, as part of the literature of indictment. It has, however, two advantages over similar texts: 1) It sees things on a global level and not from a purely Christian point of view, and 2) It provides the reader with an encyclopedic source of information, and as such functions as a protection against this powerful deviation which has succeeded in infiltrating into the core of even traditional religion. It is highly recommended.
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on December 2, 2011
This book is incredibly detailed and documented, but the useful information in it could be reasonably summarized in about ten pages. If you suffer from insomnia, this is a good buy, but if you want significant information, it's a waste of time.
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on February 24, 2008
_False Dawn: The United Religions Initiative, Globalism, and the Quest for a One-World Religion_, published in 2004 by Sophia Perennis, by journalist Lee Penn is an exposee of the United Religions Initiative (URI) and the hidden dangers that lurk within it. Lee Penn is an Eastern Catholic writer who has focused on the dangers of the New Age movement and globalism. This book unveils the various schemes behind the URI and the goal of creating a one-world religion. Further, this book shows precisely how such schemes seek to undermine traditional religious belief. The author maintains that dangers lurk on all sides from both the left and right wings and that together these seek to create a false utopia. Behind much of the rhetoric that promotes globalism and religious tolerance such as that put forth by the URI is this utopian scheme.

The book begins with the author's Introduction, answering questions from a skeptic, showing the urgency of the situation and the need to consider the dangers posed by the URI. The author explains the role of the URI in the quest to achieve a one-world religion, as well as noting various organizations, individuals (in particular mentioning the role of the Episcopal bishop William Swing), and New Age philosophies in motivating the emergence of the URI. The author maintains that behind the New Age movement lie such individuals as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (founder of the Theosophical Society), Alice A. Bailey, and the Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin. Modern day individuals promoting the New Age worldview include Robert Muller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Neale Donald Walsh. Prominent leaders and billionaire elites involved in promoting the URI include Mikhail Gorbachev, Maurice Strong, George Soros, and Ted Turner. The author then traces out the history and development of the URI, emphasizing the role of the Episcopal bishop William Swing in fathering this movement. In particular, the author shows how individuals from various faith traditions have joined up with the URI, which includes representatives from a diverse array of the world's religious traditions. The author also examines the role of such obscure figures and movements as Theosophy, the Unification Church, Huston Smith (who promoted the use of entheogens - hallucinogenic substances), renegade Catholic theologian Hans Kung, former Catholic priest Matthew Fox, and various agendas that conflict with traditional Christian morality. The author also explains the role of various wealthy individuals and powerful movers and shakers on the world political scene in promoting such an organization. All of these forces come together in their desire to promote "religious tolerance"; however, their real goal appears to be to create a one-world global religion and to destroy the traditional religious traditions. The author also explains how the various New Age philosophies underlying the URI are fundamentally incompatible with Christian belief and that further often promote a morality that is highly incompatible with anything Christian. Examples of such repulsive moral standards include the promotion of abortion and euthanasia by New Age advocates in the URI. The author then explains how the URI has sought out various globalist allies and seeks to become an organization like the United Nations. In particular, the author notes the irony of ultra-rich billionaires advocating environmental standards and birth control. The author concludes with a section which considers both the "anti-tradition" and the "counter-tradition" as they appear in the New Age philosophies underlying the URI. The author notes that dangers abound from all directions. In particular, the author considers some left wing dangers followed by some right wing responses which are equally problematic. At root behind many of these responses is the notion of a false utopia, a doctrine which is fundamentally incompatible with traditional Christian belief.

This book offers a good source of information on the URI and the globalist agenda lurking behind it. The author thoroughly examines the New Age philosophies advocated by the URI and shows how such philosophies are fundamentally at odds with traditional religious belief. As such, this book is highly important for what it has to say about the coming push towards globalism and the quest to create a one-world religion through a false ecumenism.
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on January 12, 2008
Lee Penn has made a thorough study of the URI's etiology, development and philosophy. This expose is essential reading for those who teach Philosophy, Ethics or Religion, and for anyone concerned about the emergence of a world order based on synthetic religions and a redefinition of historic Christianity.

I refer my college students to pertinent sections of the text and they find it helpful.
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on October 28, 2007
Or rather fearing what you refuse to take the time to understand.

If you're a choir wanting to be preached to, go ahead.

Else, skip this trash.
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on April 4, 2006
Lee Penn has followed a significant networking "religious" member of the New Age community. He has painstakingly with great and verifiable detail followed up on what I like to call "the hidden dangers" of the New Age religious rainbow. That alleged rainbow is a 'dawn" of false and soon to be dashed utopian politico/spiritual "spiritual/messianic" hopes. United Religions is not the only religious front in the syncretistic battle to marginalize and ultimately eliminate followers of orthodox religious tenets. However, as Lee Penn so ably shows, it is politically powerful, very well funded and well-focused on its disturbing agenda. In addition to being highly readable, FALSE DAWN is indispensable as a reference. If you have limited library dollars to spend to ascertain the New Age religious landscape, this book will give the most bang for the buck. I heartily both Lee Penn for his painstaking research and his book as its fruit. It belongs on the shelf of every library and definitely of every truthseeker in this disturbing religious arena.
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