Who is Barbara Marx Hubbard?

Is she related to Karl Marx? Groucho Marx? L. Ron Hubbard? Old Mother Hubbard?

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.

  • Neal

    Read Michael O’Brien’s Children of the last days series, the forces of the antichrist speak very much along these lines in books Father Elijah, Plague journal and Eclipse of the Sun. Father Elijah is by far one of my favorite books.


    children of the last days books are:

    Father Elijah
    Sophia house
    Strangers and sojourners
    Plague Journal
    Eclipse of the sun
    A Cry of Stone

    • 4kidsandacat

      I think Michael O’Brien is a fantastic author. I’ve not read his books in their entirely but the parts I have read are very intriguing. I agree, the antichrist figures in most book I have read do speak like this. It’s designed to attract people who don’t dissect things too deeply. Something to make people feel good on the surface.

  • Richard

    Matt. 7:15-17: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.”

    I think it is WAY past due for the Holy See to chop down this rotten tree known as the LCWR, along with all of it saplings.

  • D. Morgan

    What i cannot fathom is how a group of Roman Catholic Nuns could bind themselves to such an individual. Everything in Hubbard’ s writings and speeches is diametrically opposed to Catholic Doctrine and Dogma. She preaches the gospel of satan and smiles as she does so. Have we lost so much of our identity that these new age demons are able to lead astray women who, at least once, believed in the vows they made? Please God, end this madness!

  • Curtis Bratcher

    Sounds like a rehash of Eugenics.

  • lethargic

    ” … their souls will begin again within a different planetary system … ”

    Oh My Goodness.

    ” Fortunately, you… are not responsible for this act. We are. We are in charge of God’s selection process for Death … ”

    Double Oh My Goodness. Who is this “we” that is in charge of the cosmic death panel?

    The idea that the LCWR would have this loon as keynote speaker really shows us what made the Vatican think there might be a need for an investigation!

  • Arnold

    ” … their souls will begin again within a different planetary system … ”

    That vaguely sounds like rehashed Mormonism.

  • Bob

    I really think it would be best for Rome to put an end to the LCWR. Before this kind of nonsense keeps on sending all the wrong messages about the true faith. The church condemed it in the past. Now it’s time to condem this in the present.

    • Barbara

      Amen. Actually, given the demographics, average age 75, in 20 years they won’t be around. Don’t donate any money to any order who belongs to this group. Reminds me – must send check to Mother Assumpta.

  • florin

    Aug. 11th: The LCWR has this bizarre speaker and Cardinal Dolan invites the archtect of death, Obama, to the Al Smith dinner to party and have fun while setting ‘politics aside’…this is not setting ‘politics’ aside it is turned deaf ears to the agonizing cries of preborn human babies being slaughtered, cut to pieces in the wombs of their mothers. There are videos of these preborn infants struggling to back away from the sharp knife of the abortionist. And let’s not forget that Obama, with the help of prominent Catholic politicians, has begun the persecution of the Church and has declared he will not give any special consideration to the Church. Would Hitler have been permitted to put aside the facts of his barbaric slaughters and experimentations on the Jewish people, Priests, children and others in order to sit down and party with Card. Dolan and other Catholics? And Obama will certainly use this occasion to show wavering Catholics that he’s ‘cool’ with the Catholic hierarchy and so they can vote for him and they will and Obama will be given another 4 years to promote his politics of death and destruction…beware Cardinal Dolan. Cardinal George has said that real persecution is coming soon – do not party with the architect of persecution. Remember, Pope Benedict refused to meet with Nancy Pelosi in public so she would not have the opportunity to use him to promote her anti-Church agenda and His Holiness did not invite her to dinner. Did Obama have a change of heart after Father Jenkins invited him to speak and receive an award at Notre Dame? No…instead, he doubled down on his persecution of the Church. Please have the wisdom and the courage to dis-invite Obama or bear the terrible consequences.

    • Esther

      Obama is not “the architect of death,” but rather one of the architect’s many apostles. And they are legion.

  • Justme

    While it’s absolutely evident that her views have demonic roots, I have to admit that I often wonder if in my life time we will actually be able to prolong our lives hundreds of years if not longer, and how’s this would effect, if at all, church teaching

  • Marge

    Didn’t Teilhard de Chardin blather about this a long time ago? It’s the same recycled garbage. She is one dangerous “woman” among many others who are perhaps less vocal, naturally less “celebrated” and assuredly less monied than she.
    The “nuns” of the LCWR would do well to hightail it and run from the likes of Barbara Marx Hubbard but they are too starry-eyed by liberation theology (which is one of lucifer’s many well-spun tales).

  • Hieronymus

    Looking at the toothy-smiling pictures of this woman made me think two uncharitable thoughts: 1. There should be a balloon with the word “Cuckoo!” in them; 2. Is she smiling or is she baring her fangs? My bad…

  • Dave from San Juan Capistrano

    I read when Hubbard was introduced, the members danced around the podium in good “Wicca” tradition throwing flowers and chanting. I remember going to a religious education convention in Orange County CA some years back and found a “Wicca” outbreak session scheduled for the afternoon. The speaker was a nun.

    Most of these women religiouls sold their soul to radical feminism years ago and we are seeing the results today. Many of them were in charge of the course selection in the most radical seminaries — the ones that turned away hetredox seminarians and chamioned the homosexual ones. Now did that work out, ladies?

    CLOSE THIS ORGANIZTION DOWN NOW. They are a disgrace to women religious like Mother Teresa and the new order of women religious that are back wearing habits and living in convents — and growing thanks to the Holy Spirit. No more discussions, ladies. Disband or be disbanded NOW !!!

    • Peter

      The saddest thing is these old biddies don’t even know how ridiculous they look dancing around like a bunch of goof balls. I do hope they wore white leotards, that would be the icing on the cake!

  • Thierry

    All they need is to set their meeting at midnight in some dark forrest, a big cauldron and a few brooms to fly around! A bunch of crazy witches for all I can tell! No wnder these witches have not have not had a vocation in a generation!

    • http://theraineyview.wordpress.com Serena

      Why would anyone want to join a Catholic order and then be a pagan, when a woman who wants to be a pagan can just be one? They haven’t really thought that deeply about that, have they? This is exactly where anti-Catholicism among Protestants comes from, for the most part. What baffles me is that the very people who promote this kind of thing are the ones who say they want to attract people to the faith. Who could it possibly attract? Not serious Christians. Not serious pagans. Not atheists. No one. And you’re right — that’s why they’re dwindling away so fast. What can be done now?

      • shadowlands

        “Why would anyone want to join a Catholic order and then be a pagan, when a woman who wants to be a pagan can just be one? They haven’t really thought that deeply about that, have they?”

        I would disagree, they have a very serious agenda for Catholic orders.

      • St Donatus

        Why you ask? They have control of all the orders property. Without that property, they have nothing. Who will support them if they don’t have the donations of the faithful?? and millions of dollars worth of the orders assets. Of course they don’t want to leave the Catholic Church. I used to think they were just mislead but now I see that they are not honest with themselves or Catholics. Worst of all, they are much more dangerous than Protestants or Muslims, they are drawing away perhaps millions of Catholics. Other Catholics, especially the young, are just confused by all this and decide that there is no God. Why won’t the Vatican or Bishops please hurry up and do something before many more thousands lose their salvation?

    • http://birth2012.com Kevin Schmidt

      It’s comments like yours that discredits this website.

  • Hieronymus

    Here’s more info on Barbara Marx Hubbard: “Ms. Hubbard, who grew up a nonreligious Jew in a Scarsdale, N.Y., mansion (her father founded the Marx toy company)…” (see http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/american-nuns-and-the-fate-of-liberal-christianity/ )

  • Charles E. Mac Kay

    As they say here in Scotlasnd, such thinking is evidence of a full stomach and a full purse

  • Liam Ronan

    I was always threatened by the nun who taught me algebra that if I didn’t shape up I’d be confronted by Failing Marx one day. I wonder if this woman is the infamous Failing Marx?

    • http://theraineyview.wordpress.com Serena

      No, that was Karl.

  • Proteios1

    Do the rogue nuns really think this lady does anything but justify the Vatican decision? Like the self adulating bus tour, this is it pretty clear where their priorities are. Conversely, they are doing everything right to play up the anti Catholic sentiment in the media. Something a nun, a proper nun, wouldn’t want to do.

  • Antonio A. Badilla

    The very fact that this lady spoke to the LCWR should be enough evidence for the Holy See to disband them. To invite this lady to talk to them after what the Holy See has demanded of the LCWR already says clearly they are not about to seek reform or any reconciliation with Mother Church.

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  • enness

    That is seriously scary stuff, which there is absolutely no place for among Catholic nuns.

  • Elleblue

    The choice of this speaker for the LCWR conference is yet another sign that this group has indeed “Gone beyond Jesus and the Church.” What amazes me is that the exective members don’t actually listen to what comes out of their mouths? If they did, they would know why some of us just wish they would indeed “move beyond the Church” in a formal, permanent way. At least if they were gone so would the scandal and confusion be gone.

    This group of sisters is a perfect example of what happens when someone/something gets stuck in the victim mentality. You continue to blame everyone else for your own decisions and consequences. Most importantly anyone who agrees with you is automatically a victim like you. Those that don’t agree with you, they are deemed the “abusers/victimizers.” Life becomes very white and black. I predict this group will leave it’s Pontifical approval behind and go away. I suppose it’s too much to hope for that they will go away quietly!

  • Richard A

    But Father, what do you have against Groucho Marx?

    • MaryS

      I agree: Groucho was very funny. This lady is some other kind of funny. Comparing her to Karl Marx is fair, but it is an insult to Groucho to draw any comparisons.

  • http://thechildrenoflight777.blogspot.com/ Will

    This lady is a first class Luciferian Streg… How many fake ‘Nuns’ have invaded the City of God from the City of Man??? Pray!!!

  • maryclare

    Please tell me this certifyable wackjob wasn’t asked to speak…I cannot believe that these sisters would do this. The Holy See MUST disband the organisation. Those who invited satans siren/would be leader of the one world religion, should be invited confirm their fidelity to what the Church teaches and proclaims – if they can’t or won’t then they should be invited to meditate on their position….outside the Church. God have mercy on them!

  • Mcgod

    Whatever was wrong with the religious formation of these nuns that they have followed and swallowed this garage? I used to be under the impression that recruits to a religious order were a)selected on the basis of a sound secondary education, and b) given a sound religious education before their profession. So where does it fail so spectracularly?

  • Qualis Rex

    Two points: I would hazzard to say 60 – 80% of the nuns here are not even nominally Catholic, meaning they do not self-identify as such; they say they remain in their orders out of “loyalty to their sisters”. My guess is the reality is far less noble: at their advanced age they have not paid into social security for their life-long service (many were teachers for parrochial schools) within their orders, so the only support-net they have available to them is whatever their order provides. And the rate at which their orders are selling-off assets to provide for them (i.e. from generations of gracious benefactors) they have a very comfortable retirement.

    Second, as has been pointed-out, Marx’ teachings have the building-blocks of a very nihilistic cult, very much like that of Heaven’s Gate. It would appear she is most interested in simply having a very cushy/comfortable lifestyle by selling books and speaking-engagements as such. But watch for Phase II with one of her annointed followers who decides to institutionalize this “non-institutional” belief system.

  • Charles Belmonte

    I am sure there are many good psychiatrists in the U.S. who can treat successfully cases of dementia such as this.

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  • EK

    Who is she? She is the reincarnation of Kurtz: She will “exterminate the brutes.”

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  • Jeff Powers

    You don’t have that many friends, do you?

  • Judi

    The New Age AKA paganism has invaded ALL of Christianity. The evolution “theory” that she proposes will be the New Age answer to what happened to the real Christians when the rapture occurs.