False Dawn: The United Religions
Initiative, Globalization and the Quest for a One World Religion
Nothing is more likely to spark war and civil strife in our time than
inter religious hatred - something that has become painfully obvious.
As globalization and a fast shrinking planet throw the world religions
into ever more violent confrontation, militant religious elitism and
the demonization of the religious "other" are threatening the security
of our world as never before.
The Interfaith Movement is dedicated to inter religious understanding
and the prevention of religious violence. But could this movement now
be facing a different threat, one coming from an unexpected direction?
Could the very call for unity among religions unwittingly open the door
to a totalitarian co-optation of religion by the globalist elite?
In "False Dawn: The United Religions
Initiative, Globalism and the Quest for a One World Religion", Lee Penn takes a
penetrating look at the history, allies and agendas of the United
Religions Initiative, the most expansive and ambitious interfaith
movement of our time.
While finding little fault with its stated aim of preventing
religiously motivated violence, the author shows how the alliance
between the URI and various powerful groups and individuals on the
global stage has raised the specter of political control of the various
religions by some non-religious authority, as a way of enforcing unity
While drawing much of its funding from liberal sources, the URI has
also received backing from organizations tied to the U.S. State
Department, and garnered expressions of support from the likes of
George W. Bush.
Its all-inclusive policy has opened the door to at least one figure
with apparent ties to al-Qaeda, as well as to the extreme
anti-Communists and gay-baiters of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
Though "False Dawn" deals
mostly with the excesses of extreme
liberalism, the author also warns of the authoritarian "new ecclesial
movements" within Christianity.
All who are interested in the preservation of true freedom of religion
(as in "pray and let pray"), and freedom of speech (as in "preach and
let preach") in the religious sphere, should read this book. Knowledge
is indeed power: power to avert, by prayerful and intellectual means,
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Sophia Perennis, 2005; ISBN 15973100X;
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