Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Willis Harman consults with evangelical leaders: circa 1979

Evangelical leaders were meeting together with New Age leaders openly by the late 1970s. Meeting transcripts were published in a book entitled An Evangelical Agenda: 1984 and beyond, copyright 1979 by the Billy Graham Center and published by the William Carey Library (Fuller Theological Seminary). The book contains “Addresses, Responses, and Scenarios from the ‘Continuing Consultation on Future Evangelical Concerns’ held in Overland Park, Kansas, December 11-14, 1979.” The event was sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.

Willis Harman addressed this group on the topic of “A Utopian Perspective on the Future,” in which he advocated a broadening of the concept of science to include the psychic:

“Once-taboo areas of science – notably sleep and dreams, creativity, hypnosis, unconscious processes, psychosomatic theories of illness – have become legitimatized. Psychic phenomena such as “remote viewing,” precognition, and psychokinesis are being explored with renewed interest. Altered states of consciousness related to those traditionally known by such terms as meditation, contemplation and ‘graces of interior prayer,’ are being tentatively explored via biofeedback training and other routes.” (p. 35)

Who is Willis Harman?

According to Constance Cumbey, the Michigan attorney who first warned evangelicals about the dangers of the New Age:

“[Willis] Harman’s influence in the New Age Movement is virtually unlimited. It has ranged from superintending the Kettering Foundation financed “Changing Images of Man” study to serving as president of the astronaut Edgar Mitchell-founded Institute of Noetic Sciences. That report was heavily relied upon by New Age activist Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy. Harman also substantially influenced the notorious and disturbing Global 2000 Report to President Carter. Harman is also a part of Planetary Citizens/Planetary Initiative as well as one of its convening organizations: the limited membership United States Association for the Club of Rome.” (From A Planned Deception: The Staging of a New Age ‘Messiah’ by Constance Cumbey, Pointe Publishers, 1985, p. 39.)

For current information about Willis Harman’s connections to leading neo-evangelicals, see http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/willisharman.htm

MORE TOMORROW! Stay tuned!