Trailer À Lord of the World PDF by ↠´ Robert Hugh Benson Before Huxley, Before Orwell, And Long Before Fahrenheit , A Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner, And The Hunger Games, Robert Hugh Benson Wrote A Story Of The Coming Of The Anti Christ That Today Is Considered One Of The First Modern Dystopian Novels Lord of the World, Published In , Presents A World Controlled By Freemasonry, With Only A Small Catholic Minority Bravely Opposing Them Benson S Portrayal Of The Freemasons As Dominated By Marxism And Humanism Made The Novel A Counterpoint To The Socialist Themed Dystopias Written At The Same Time By H G Wells The Sleeper Awakes And Jack London The Iron Heel Introduced And Edited By Luke Hartwell, Author Of Atom Heart John Beloved
In the real world of the early 21st century, the Western world, which dominates the rest of the world economically and politically, is similarly dominated internally by a ruling wealthy political and cultural elite That elite is united behind a worldview that serves them as a de facto state religion, the basic tenets of which are materialistic atheism that rejects any concept of a transcendent God as not only misguided but evil idealization and idolization of a deified Mankind, while denying any inherent rights or dignity to any individual human absolute centralization of political and economic power and rationalization of economic and social processes to maximize profit and control Although large numbers of the subservient population of workers, consumers, taxpayers and nominal voters don t share this belief system, the power elite largely dominates all levers of political, economic and judicial decision making, mass education and communication and therefore also dominates perception and access to information about events and uses economic coercion, bribery, brainwashing and manipulation of the electoral process to ensure its agenda Many of us including, but not only, traditional Christians view this state of affairs with dissatisfaction and genuine fear Christian believers especially perceive an agenda on the part of the elites sometimes avowed openly , and a trend towards, the elimination of even vestigial legal safeguards for religious and other freedoms, and the establishment of open totalitarianism and persecution with the intent to exterminate religious believers.
In 1907, the intellectual currents that would lead to this state of affairs were far less advanced than they are now But they were there, and already clearly expressed in germinal form in much of the Utopian thought of that day Obviously, what an adherent of this worldview sees as Utopia would pretty much be everybody else s dystopia Robert Hugh Benson, former Anglican priest turned Roman Catholic priest, extrapolated from those currents with incredible prescience to create a Christian response to them in fictional form Set apparently in the early 21st century mention is made of the legislation in 1998 establishing legal euthanasia, some years before the characters present it describes a world where the materialistic Utopia is largely a reality, save for the galling persistence of a small minority of religious believers This is social science fiction, subject to the limitations of its time future technological developments here aren t portrayed exactly as they turned out though some are pretty close , and nobody in 1907 or even 1967 foresaw the Internet But what we have in the main is a chillingly realistic and plausible portrait of the secular world, that is in its essentials basically not much different than the one we live in, or could reasonably expect to live in very soon.
However, this is than dystopian SF, because Benson recognized the real issues as spiritual rather than sociological, and the answer to the problem as coming from God s action, not ours So this is a novel that takes very seriously the reality of Christian eschatology, of a climax of history in which God Himself will act to replace the present world order with an eternal one based on justice and righteousness, as adumbrated in Bible prophecy and Benson takes some aspects of Bible prophecy literally than most Catholic expositors have, although without the bizarre distortions of prophecy featured by the dispensationalist writers of, for instance, the Left Behind series This isn t a spoiler it s foreshadowed from the Prologue on, and it s the essential core of Benson s message This is very much a novel of ideas but it also has a very real, taut plot, focusing mainly on three viewpoint characters who represent very different takes on the events of their world All three are drawn very realistically, and in such a way that we can truly get inside their heads and understand how they think Nonbelievers aren t necessarily treated unsympathetically Mabel is actually one of the most sympathetic characters in the book Events move swiftly, with a mounting degree of menace and suspense The Edwardian diction features some big words, including Catholic ecclesiastical vocabulary and some lines, especially near the end, in untranslated Latin which educated readers in 1907, of course, could translate and complex sentences and there can be at times description of physical settings than I d have preferred But I didn t have any problem reading this, and finding it to be an extremely powerful and meaningful reading experience.
I ve recommended the book to Christian readers Some nonbelievers might find some food for thought here, but I don t think Benson saw them as his audience He addressed it to his fellow Catholics, to strengthen them in the face of coming persecution and both Pope Francis and his predecessor have urged their flock to read it In keeping with his own early 20th century milieu of very conservative English Catholicism, the author sees his denomination as largely coextensive with Christianity In his fictional early 21st century, Protestantism is largely extinct, distinctive Catholic ideas are often expressed in the text, and Catholic mysticism which Protestant readers might find somewhat alien is prominent here Nevertheless, I think this is worthwhile reading for Protestant readers too, for the same reason as for Catholic ones what unites us, in the face of a world that rejects God, is important than what divides us, and we all need the reminder that our salvation comes ultimately from Jesus Christ, not from cultural power or political action.
It s hard to remember this book is over one hundred years old Technologically speaking it s out moded, of course Robert Hugh Benson s volors flying machines which sound like Zeppelins zip along at 150 mph and people rely on typewriters for administrative work, but Ray Bradbury s The Martian Chronicles is far dated and it s fifty years newer Where Lord of the World stands up to the test of time is in its presentation of ideas Written in 1907, it accurately predicts a future world which includes legalized euthanasia, one party states, and weapons of mass destruction Also prophetically, affluence has led to apathy, atheism and a loss of faith by many Catholics Set in England with occasional forays to Rome and Jerusalem, Monsignor Benson focuses his attention on Catholic Christians, without looking closely at other Christian denominations No doubt this was necessary for flow but it also allowed Benson to illustrate the variety of responses among Catholics, who could be seen as representative of all professed believers in Jesus Christ There were those tried by adversity who immediately fell away those who like the seed among the rocks and thorns died from lack of root and finally those who persisted, growing stronger as a result of struggle The point being, the Grace of God and response to that Grace determine whether or not a soul remain committed Theological training and denominational affiliation were not at issue There were a number of apostate priests Lord of the World offers one illustration of the Antichrist and end times It might not be how you envision him and them I m still not sure exactly what I think, but Julian Felsenburgh and the scenario were certainly chilling Depressingly, but unsurprisingly, Felsenburgh was an American Fortunately he didn t remind me of anyone, though apparently there were some contemporary British personalities Benson patterned him after Ramsay McDonald and Evan Roberts.
I can certainly see why Popes Benedict XVI and Francis want us to read it It s a catalytic book at the end I felt the need to talk it over with someone So many interesting issues and unique situations are presented, it would be ideal as a group discussion novel Any book clubs out there looking for their next good read Didn t like this as much as Come Rack Come Rope I m just not a fan of dystopian literature So while I was inclined to 4 or 4.
5 stars, considering I read Benson s two books so close together, I figured this one suffered from comparison and gave the extra.
July 29, 2016 This has been on my to read list for EVER I started it several times but always got bogged down in the Prologue, trying to understand it It even says it is not essential and it isn t but I m a stickler for reading things in order, so I doggedly kept trying This time I gave it up and now I m zipping through this Woohoo Not sure what to write as a review.
Loved reading this book And the dystopia presented in the book is very visible in today s world This book was written in the begiining of the 20th century 1907 It imagines the future 2000 when Humanity Religion Humanitarianism will overtake the entire world The oly challenge it will feel will be from the Catholic religion which will by then reduced to a small minority The whole world will unite under one leadership Lord of the World having one religion humanitarianism as the uniting force The Lord of the World and the last Pope of the Catholic Church are the main characters The contrasting opinions are interestingly juxtaposed In Humanity Religion man is God and God is man There is no supernatural element to be believed in Man must believe in the idea of man and life principle Of course, he cannot give up his need to worship So, the worship is introduced in which Human Life is worshipped The Catholic Church, because it beleives in the supernatural being is considered as an institution of primitive superstition In the new age when man and man s reason are considred the sacred most, the Catholic Church and its teachings are seen as a blot that is uncomfortable To establish peace of harmony, it is good to get rid of it by violence Thus, the Humanity Religion turns against humanity.
It is sarcastic and hard hitting It was written by a Catholic convert later he became a Monsignor So, the book is heavily Catholic But he has tried to be objective presenting the positions of the others as well A must read for all Catholics No wonder, Pope Francis recently recommended this book to all I also heard that it was one of the favourite books of Pope Benedict XVI as well.