Appeared in Summer 1990, Vol. XVI, No. 2

At the beginning of this century, Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, a noted Anglican convert to Catholicism, wrote two intriguing books entitled respectively Lord of the World and The Dawn of All. In the former, he prophesies a future world where secular humanism has almost completely triumphed and Catholicism is a negligible cultural force with only a remnant of adherents. He also foresees air travel, nuclear weapons, and the emergence of two great superpowers in the East and West, not to mention the coming of the Anti-Christ through world government. In the latter volume, written in reaction to critical comments made regarding the rst, he portrays a world where a new Christendom has been established with a wonderful harmonizing of the teachings of the church with medicine, science and politics.

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