The author, Charles Upton, began life as a conventional Catholic. In The System of Antichrist, Upton seeks to make explicit the suppositions. The System of Antichrist examines the present religious and cultural scene from the standpoint of traditional metaphysics and critiques the New Charles Upton. The System of Antichrist: Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New Age. Front Cover · Charles Upton. Sophia Perennis, – Religion – pages.

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He might even come to power to overthrow a previously established world system.

The System of Antichrist « Sophia Perennis

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Upton sketches a history for us. Open Preview See a Problem? Traditionalists can be Muslims, or Jews, or Christians, or Buddhists, or even shamanists, but they cannot mix and match.

Or so it was for me. Charles Uptonpoet, author, activist, and veteran of the counter-culture, developed an interest in metaphysics ‘via mythopoeia’ and, having survived the social upheavals of the Sixties, and the psychic allures of New Age occultism, awakened at the end of the Eighties to the esoteric teachings of the traditionalists, eventually becoming initiated into Sufism.

In this tour de force, the author takes the reader on a journey to places he could not get to on his own.


Actually, the idea that evolution may be a process by which “ideal forms” incarnate is not so far off the scientific reservation, according to Simon Conway Morris. The System of Antichrist: Regarding personal eschatology, for instance, antichist Buddhist “moksa” is not equivalent to the Christian Beatific Vision; neither is self-evidently identical to the model of collective immortality that Upton himself seems to favor.

That collectivity becomes coherent and visible as the end nears. That next world, however, will be another creation.

History of Western Philosophy. Someday, modernity could appear as primordial as Atlantis. He tthe a responsible guide thr the bewildering territory the searching soul must traverse in these times. Despite the warning, Upton’s account of extraterrestrials as a postmodern demonology is not without a certain morbid fascination.

On a practical level, we must not forget that the forces of globalization and those opposed to it are equally apt to the hand of Antichrist. There seemed to be no spiritual or philosophical authority left to turn to; or, more accurately, no reliable tools with which to separate good sntichrist bad knowledge.

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This suspicion is probably misplaced, but Tradition is nonetheless parochial in a more fundamental way. Fundamentally, however, politics and economics are epiphenomenal to what is really happening. They would then either displace the human race, or corrupt it to their purposes.

Suppress that multiplicity, and the result will be inter-ethnic chaos, which only force can control. My library Help Advanced Book Search. All of John’s posts here. Eventually, he washed up on the hpton of Tradition, and became a Muslim Sufi. Its many references to Rene Guenon and Frithjof Schuon also thee introduce these important but little-known Tradition denies the possibility of historical progress.

The System of Antichrist examines the present religious and cultural scene from the standpoint of traditional metaphysics and critiques the New Age spiritualities within their postmodern context.

The specific medicine for the shock of despair is the deeper shock of meaning. Lane – – Mercer University Press. Truth chatles Deception in The Seth Material—ii. In Christianity, Upton points out, the meaning of the incarnation of the Second Person is that no one may approach the Godhead except through personality.


The System of Antichrist: Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New Age by Charles Upton

Jason rated it really liked it Nov 01, Reason, Truth, and Self: The book presents lore relating to the ‘latter days’ of the present cycle from the vantage point of comparative religion, drawing upon relevant doctrines from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, and the Native American traditions.

I loved how this book showed us the philosophical and cultural background from which Antichrist would emerge, the person of Antichrist in terms of his worldview and psychology, and how many of the World Traditions felt his coming. This book review is a synthesis of ideas he had been working on for nearly ten years, nicely summarized by the links he put in to his earlier work.

So does the doctrine of Tradition itself.

There is a larger metaphysical point here that is worth a little attention: Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Then. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The chief one is the common error that the Second Law of Thermodynamics forbids local increases in order.

The System of Antichrist

Here is an excellent example of why I still think John J. And also, this paragraph:. The New Age collapses these layers, so that the transcendent element that had been the object of esoteric spirituality is lost.

We learn quite a lot about the Shiite idea of the “occultation”:

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