SCIENCE, SIN, AND SCHOLARSHIP by Irving Louis--Ed. Horowitz


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A misleadingly titled, but generally useful collection of articles on Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church. Sociologists, psychologists, jurists, theologians, and journalists explore the Moon phenomenon. They examine his teachings (a garbled mix of Christianity and megalomania), his politics (apocalyptic anti-Communism), his connections with the Korean CIA (close) and Park Chung Hee (uncertain), his business interests (booming), and the charges of brainwashing leveled at the Moonies (false). The best of the 20-odd pieces, which include two stultifying pronouncements by the Rev. Moon himself, are the reports of Frank Baldwin, Ann Crittenden, Chris Welles, and Berkeley Rice--glimpses of a bizarre and sometimes startling world. Rice describes a weird sunrise service at Moon's $850,000 estate in Tarrytown, N.Y., with 500 Moonies shivering in the cold and proclaiming their willingness to sacrifice themselves for the church by their repeated chant of ""Yes, Father."" Some of the more academic pieces have a certain interest: Rabbi A. James Rudin, for example, points out the virulent anti-Semitism of Moon's Divine Principle, the bible of the movement. But some of the erudite commentators gathered here resemble a group of bulldozer operators demolishing a sand castle. Professor Horowitz, a social scientist from Rutgers, concludes with an attack on the many intellectuals who, unlike himself, were duped into attending the lavish Moon-sponsored Fifth International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences at the Washington Hilton in November, 1976. A frankly partisan, but fair and informative account.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1978
Publisher: MIT Press