Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World Paperback – 7 Sep 2010
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From the Back Cover
Bestselling Author Michael Baigent Exposes Religious Extremists' Efforts to Hasten the World's End in Jerusalem
Do you believe in prophecy? The Bible as literal truth? Armageddon? The Rapture? The return of the Da'jaal? Or the creation of a worldwide caliphate as a harbinger of the end of time? More important, if presented with compelling evidence, would you believe that there are today powerful forces actively conspiring to bring about these cataclysmic events within our lifetime?
In his provocative book Racing Toward Armageddon, Michael Baigent, bestselling author and one of the most controversial religious theorists of our time, turns his keen attention to modern-day Jerusalem and its increasingly important role in global affairs, exploring yet another of his explosive theories: that hard-liners within the three great Abrahamic religions, many of whom hold positions of enormous influence in government, industry, and the military worldwide, are working to hasten our end as prophesied in each of their texts and traditions of faith. Exposing these forces, the myths upon which many of their beliefs are based, the stealth action they have been taking for decades, and the insidious and potentially devastating effect they are having upon the educational, political, cultural, and spiritual fabric of our society, Baigent poses the pressing question: Can we really afford to remain oblivious much longer?
About the Author
Michael Baigent is the author of From the Omens of Babylon, Ancient Traces, and the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Papers. He is also the coauthor of the international bestsellers Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy (with Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh). He lives in England.
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Baigent, who was also formerly the editor of Freemasonry Today magazine, and who it might be added, knew a dammed sight more about Freemasonry than the majority of members of that (now largely) 'Flat Earth Society', was a major influence on me personally, going back to his superbly researched Holy Blood and Holy Grail. His recent untimely passing at a young age, has left a large gap in the literary profession. RIP Michael Baigent.
That aside, the book is essential reading for anyone on the verge of, or to some degree, on the journey to enlightenment. Whilst I do not find myself in absolute agreement with all that Baigent writes, overall, the book is truly enlightening. Despite my own researches and knowledge of the agenda(s) I found a plethora of new information which was previously unknown to me. Better still, Baigent does not seek to favour any one religion over others. Basically, he is giving all decent and ordinary people of their chosen religion, the opportunity to understand what is being perpetrated behind the scenes in all of the mainstream religions.
The author says that one objective is to make people think. No doubt he wants to shock people out of their fixed mind sets. However, Plato/Socrates informed us that thinking properly requires desire, volition and passion to sustain it and Aristotle added another requirement, that of logic in order to achieve clarity of thought. Moreover, Bertrand Russell said that humans would do anything, including going to war, rather than think! That is undoubtedly the case, and Mr. Baigent is hardly likely to achieve his endeavour. Rather, conspiracy theories are more likely to attract the naive and credulous. Certainly orthodox and mainstream scholars shun this approach to their subjects.
He regards the three `great' religions as Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and his thesis is that the fundamentalist beliefs of these three religions will relentlessly drive them into conflict in an attempt to dominate the world. He ignores Buddhism and Hinduism, no doubt because they would militate against his contention. In support of his view he points to history as evidence of the aggressiveness of the three religions, ignoring the fact that so often, because of fundamental changes, history has proven to have little or no relevance to the future. Moreover, Judaism and Christianity with their philosophy of `loving your neighbour as yourself', together with Christianity's Sermon on the Mount, clearly run counter to his thesis. Secularisation has weakened both Judaism and Christianity's influence on the West. Only Islam has sought to carry out the injunction of the Qur'an to convert the world to Islam in every way possible, including by the sword if necessary. Hence the rapid spread of Islam due to conquest.
Moreover, territory, once conquered in the name of Islam and lost, must be regained. Hence the determination of militant Muslims to drive the Israelis off the face of the Earth. Muslims are infiltrating into the West in large numbers and many support and sponsor terrorism. Muslims do not identify with Western countries but support their Muslim brethren wherever they are. They owe their allegiance to Islam, not to Western countries. Whereas the author believes that the integration of diverse cultures is a good thing, he ignores the intransigence of Muslims, together with their drive to introduce Sharia law into the West that makes integration of Muslims extremely difficult, if not impossible. He has reservations about tolerance of intolerance, and says that he wants to be left alone to pursue his own thoughts and beliefs without interference. Unfortunately, the day when that was possible in the U.K. has long since passed. Freedom of speech has gone, and we now have political correctness, with those responsible for this acting like thought police. If the intolerance of those who practice intolerance is not resisted, the time will come when individuals will not be allowed to practise their Judaic/Christian beliefs or express uncensored views.
Bertrand Russell was correct when he said that Islam is not a true religion but more a way of life like Communism. It is significant that Communism, like Islam, has sought world domination. Moreover, Communist dictators, who were atheists, in just one century were responsible for the slaughter of more than five times the number of people that religious wars are alleged to have killed in two millennia! Relative to religion, atheistic states have, since the |French Revolution onwards, been far more aggressive, destructive and productive of much more human misery. The USSR may have collapsed but Communism is still a threat to world peace. One has only to think of the economic power of China with its huge military might and nuclear arsenal, together with its support of North Korea, another nuclear and military power, to fear world conflagration from this quarter. Mr. Baigent could have made a more cogent case for Armageddon through a clash of Islam with Communism! It seems that the lens through which he perceives reality has an astigmatism which has obviously distorted his view of the world picture.
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He is likely not correct in all counts in his predictions--and I would have liked to see more facts behind some of his conclusions, thus only the four stars--but he only has to be 1/3 correct to have the situation in the Middle East boil over into a cataclysm for the entire planet. His solution--stop the religious infighting and embrace the core spirituality at the heart of all three traditions--is as self-evident as it is unlikely to be attempted. Still it is admirable that he puts it out there. Perhaps after most else has failed, we will give the route that benefits all rather than just some (or in this case, none) a try.
Highly recommended for those concerned with the negative vector of religious fundamentalism in the world today, and, according to Baigent, everyone ought to be.
RACING TOWARD ARMAGEDDON maintains that some of the more radical members of the three Abrahamic religions are doing their best to make Armageddon happen sooner rather than later.
Baigent starts with an anecdote about the Red Heifer. In Old Testament times, anyone who touched a dead person (just about everybody) was considered unclean. He had to be cleansed with the ashes of a perfect red heifer (no white or black hairs) in order to be allowed into the temple. Christian fundamentalists predict that when the third temple is built, Jesus will return. Some Jewish rabbis want to blow up the Islamic mosques presently occupying the temple mount. But they can't walk across the mount unless they are cleansed. Problem: there are no perfect red heifers. Not that Christian fundamentalists aren't trying. An Alabama breeder is currently trying to breed the perfect red heifer.
After the red heifer story, Baigent turns to an analysis of Revelation. He maintains that author John of Patmos was talking about Rome, that it was symbolic, that even John says it was symbolic, that John expected Christ's return in his lifetime, and that many church fathers were reluctant to include Revelation in the New Testament and didn't until well into the fifth century.
There's also a chapter on Jerry Falwell, which gives Baigent a chance to introduce other worthies such as Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association; Rousas Rushdoony of the Chalcedon Foundation, a group dedicated to the promotion of Christian Reconstruction and a US theocracy; and "Scary Gary" North, who endorses stoning for such offenses as adultery. Throw in Tim LaHaye, Holland Coors, Oliver North, and Major-General John K. Singlaub and you've got yourself a grand conspiracy working toward a Christian theocratic government in the United States.
Baigent asks the reasonable question: "How is such a program of a theocratic empire under biblical law different from the Islamic fundamentalist's demand for a worldwide caliphate and the introduction of sharia law?"
Radical moslems also believe in a final battle between the Christians and the Jews on one side and Islam on the other, only they foresee a nuclear confrontation and a victory for their side. They also believe in a messiah whom they call the Mahdi, a caliph who disappeared in the ninth century.
Baigent solution for all of this is to turn to spirituality: the Sufi Moslems disdain political involvement; the Jewish Kabala and Hermetic Philosophy also meet Baigent's specifications.
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