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The Dangers of the United Religions Initiative.
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.