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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Anti-historicism is central to Tradition.

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

It is possible that Earth will not be destroyed, and even that there may be a few human survivors. There may be some continuity of our physical world with a following one.

Michael Luntley – – Routledge. That is an important point. Upton’s critique in this regard is not so different from other criticisms of “Process Theology,” which might be summarized by the principle that God is the best that exists at any given time, not the best that can be. The author has had experiences in the New Age and Occult, which rather than distorting his perspective I think balances out his perspective.

The System of Antichrist: No eBook available Sophia Perennis Amazon. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Wicked Traditionalists not only believe that the world is ending, but are keen to help it along. Each represents a revelation of the divine nature; the differences between them can be resolved only eschatologically.

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The System of Antichrist – Charles Upton

Drfrog marked it as to-read Jan 05, Sophia Perennis- Religion – 88 pages. This is a prevailing theme of Upton’s book. Archetypal ideas are ideas of this order. Globalization, the New Age Movement, and postmodernism did not merely arise at about the same time, according to The System of Cgarles. Gwern marked it as to-read Jul 20, Lists with This Book.


chwrles I once attempted such a study myself, by the way, in a book called ” The Perennial Apocalypse. Its many references to Rene Guenon and Sywtem Schuon also help introduce uptln important but little-known ‘traditionalist’ thinkers. The Phenomenon of Teilhard: Upton gives us a selective tour of some of the fashionable New Age belief systems of the past three decades.

However, Upton reminds us repeatedly that the concept of Antichrist can also be taken to refer to a collectivity, one that has existed as long as Christianity itself. We have a duty to extend the same sort of imaginative sympathy to the modern era that we do to distant times and places. By the middle of the 20th century the materialist edifice was riven by skepticism toward scientific and historical knowledge.

Carlos Eduardo Chies rated it it was amazing Jun 23, My library Help Advanced Book Search. As ststem might expect, the survey finds a high incidence of Antichrist-like figures who deceive the world in the latter days, and Messianic figures who briefly restore Tradition before the end.

The postmodern world presents a greater peril than merely a disordered cultural climate: Despite the high incidence of millenarian hopes throughout sysem, we are given to understand that a literal Millennium, of a perfected earthly society, is not Traditional.

Uphon 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. This is where Tradition differs from ordinary syncretism. Actually, for a book that is supposed to reflect the viewpoint of primordial truth, Upton’s seems to accept uncritically the “litany” of the anarchist left, from alleged environmental collapse to corporate malfeasance.

The result is metaphysics without religion; in other words, a sort of psychic engineering. LunaBel marked it as to-read Nov 17, Our goal in the latter days is not to save our lives, but our souls. Williamson – – Systfm Co. When it is denied, it reasserts itself as power rather than as cognizance. Islam in Philosophy of Religion categorize this paper. Jacob Senholt marked it as to-read Apr 19, He offers this analysis not in the antichhrist of any ‘ism’ but with a deep awareness of the perennial wisdom behind all authentic sacred traditions.


Chapter 4 is a detailed critique of several New Age books. The System of Antichrist examines the present religious and cultural scene from the standpoint of traditional metaphysics and critiques the New Systej spiritualities within their postmodern context. Self-deluded, they delude us.

Upton is so impressed by the Seth material that he wonders whether it may have been designed to lead astray the metaphysically inclined. Postmodernism is one of the reasons what a united world would be intolerable.

Sarah I marked it as to-read Dec 18, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Entrepreneurial Hinduism of Deepak Chopra. Postmodernist globalism, under the cover of multiculturalism, creates unity by denying its possibility.

The Long View: The System of Antichrist — With Both Hands

The major New Age writers usually envisage the end of Christianity, and particularly of the Catholic Anticrist. There seemed to be no spiritual or philosophical authority left to turn to; or, more accurately, no reliable tools with which to separate good from bad knowledge. Throughout the course of the book there are moments when I raise my h Disclaimer: In consequence, emotion became divorced from the truth.