None of the above literally, but all of the above metaphorically. In fact, if you put the four together in a blender you’d probably end up with something pretty much like Barbara Marx Hubbard. So who is she?
First of all, she is the founder of the conscious evolution movement. Here’s her website. She is a thoroughgoing, first class, leader of the New Age Movement. I was going to write an expose on here this morning, but fellow Patheos blogger Thomas McDonald already did so in this post back in April. She’s very much part of the futurist, global mind change movement of Alice A Bailey and the Lucis Trust. Some of the other new agers associated with this movement are outlined here. (the last website may be a bit too ‘conspiracy theory kooky’ for some–but nevertheless it makes some authentic connections)
What’s she selling? Read Thomas’ blog post to get understand, but the idea is that the human race is on the verge of a great evolutionary leap. We’re at a tipping point and if we all get together and try hard enough and pool all our gadgets and intellect we will be able to become immortal gods. There’s lots of blather about ‘enlightened souls’ and the need for humanity to realize it’s potential and be ‘co-creators’ with God and become the divine people were are supposed to be. Weave in a little transhumanism, contact with benevolent aliens, new medical technologies that expand our consciousness and lengthen our lives…you get the idea.
Here’s a sampling of Marx’s thought:
“Christ-consciousness and Christ-abilities are the natural inheritance of every human being on Earth. When the word of this hope has reached the nations, the end of this phase of evolution shall come. All will know their choice. All will be required to choose….. All who choose not to evolve will die off; their souls will begin again within a different planetary system which will serve as kindergarten for the transition from self-centered to whole-centered being. The kindergarten class of Earth will be over. Humankind’s collective power is too great to be inherited by self-centered, infantile people. (Barbara Marx Hubbard Happy birthday Planet Earth.p.17)
The dark side of all this, of course, is that the smiling enlightened ones will consider all those humans who do not wish to be so enlightened to be disposable. Indeed, the enlightened ones will consider it their duty to help the human race take this huge leap forward by getting rid of any of the dumb mutts who are holding us back. They’ll say, “Every great evolutionary leap was the response to a crisis. I know, let’s create a crisis to kick start the process.” Population control is another important thing for Old Mother Hubbard. Remember she had so many children she didn’t know what to do–or was that the old woman who lived in a shoe? Anyway, Old Mother Hubbard thinks we will also need to stop having so many children so the enlightened ones will be able to help humanity ascend to it’s true destiny. Here’s Marx herself on the topic from her Book of Co-Creation:
Out of the full spectrum of human personality… one-fourth is destructive… They are defective seeds… In the past they were permitted to die a ‘natural death.’ the elders the destructive one-fourth must be eliminated from the social body . Fortunately, you… are not responsible for this act. We are. We are in charge of God’s selection process for Death… We come to bring death… The riders of the pale horse are about to pass among you. Grim reapers, they will separate the wheat from the chaff. This is the most painful period in the history of humanity.
Here’s the kicker: She was the keynote speaker at the LCWR conference this week. Can’t you just see all the aging Catholic ‘progressives’ sucking up this gnostic, science fiction, scary, heretical nonsense?
Read Rod Dreher on liberal nuns here.