Reverend Sun Myung Moon dies aged 92

Founders of religious movements epitomise the notions of charismatic leadership. We compare the overview from his official website with other views of Sun Myung Moon’s life and works.

Web Site

The life work of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, spans a time of dramatic global transformation but there are other significant developments that are not given serious consideration by contemporaries. This is especially true of visionaries and founders of religious movements. The life and work of Rev. Sun Myung Moon is one such development that is not widely known. In the pages of this website, you will see evidence of the life of a true visionary, learn about his work to create a world of peace and learn about the profound appreciation for his work and vision by a global network of friends, allies and supporters of every religion, race, culture and profession.

Other views

He preached new interpretations of lessons from the Bible and gained fame – and notoriety – in the 1970s and 1980s for holding mass weddings of thousands of followers. [The Daily Mail]

It’s all a bit odd to me but I have to say….. In the few documentaries I’ve seen, the ‘moonies’ seemed like nice enough folk who really weren’t hurting anyone. Unlike many other fringe religions Blog comment in The Daily Mail

Web Site

According to Reverend Moon, this present materialistic age will soon yield to a new age of spirituality, one based on the universal principle of unselfish service to others and a culture of God-centered families where people of all nations, cultures, races and religions will rejoice together.

Other views

Moon founded his Bible-based religion in Seoul in 1954, a year after the Korean War ended, saying Jesus Christ personally called on him to complete his work. Huffington Post

Web Site

Read testimonies about Reverend Moon and his works from distinguished religious leaders, heads of state and scholars.

Other views

Rev Moon also developed good relationships with conservative American leaders, including former Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Still, he served 13 months at a US federal prison in 1984-1985 for tax evasion. Daily Telegraph

Web Site

Reverend Moon is joined in his work for world peace by three generations of his exceptional family Mrs. Hak Jan Han, Reverend Moon’s extraordinary wife of 47 years, and the accomplishments and dedication of his children and grandchildren to the cause of world peace.

Other views

The Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church – whose followers became known as “Moonies” – managed to shed the mantle of suspicion and ridicule to become a friend of political and religious leaders before his death in South Korea on Sunday [September 2nd 2012], aged 92. The Guardian

Web Site

Reverend Moon is a great and prolific teacher. His sermons and spiritual guidance are published in 400 volumes.

Other views

He was born in 1920 in Pyongan province, in what is now North Korea. He claimed that, while he was praying at the age of 15, Jesus appeared to him and asked him to set up God’s kingdom on Earth. Moon said he refused twice, but accepted on the third request. He was later thrown out of the Presbyterian Church and also jailed by the Communists before he fled to the South. BBC News

Web Site

No other religious leader has founded as many organizations, institutions and projects for world peace and the betterment of society. Both idealistic and practical, Reverend Moon’s works encompass all fields of human endeavor including the religious, cultural, educational, scientific and economic.

Other views

In the 1970s, the church faced numerous accusations of using devious recruitment tactics and duping followers out of money. Parents of followers in the United States and elsewhere expressed worries that their children were brainwashed into joining. Business Insider

The Messenger and the Message

The official website [English language version] presents a positive moral philosophy which has universalistic appeal. The most vehement objections to the message [rather than to the messenger]seem to come from websites from those claiming to be the possessors of the ‘true’ Christian faith.

By coincidence, on the day of the Reverend Moon’s passing, I was reading a novel by Patricia Dunker about a cultish Faith and an intrepid hunter of evil.

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  2. “During the time of the “Koreagate” scandal in 1976-1977, the Fraser Committee found that the National Intelligence Service of South Korea (KCIA), had, among other things, been using the Unification Church as a political tool in its various anti-communist activities. The KCIA’s general goal was to influence the domestic and foreign politics and policies of the United States. Eighty-one pages of the 447-page Fraser Report (pages 311-392) deals specifically with the Moon organization. The term “KCIA” occurs sixty-eight times within those eighty-one pages.” Source:

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