The New Age of Christianity
Eugene Peterson & His Ecumenical Connections
8 For ye were
sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as
children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all
goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is
acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them.
As noted previously, Eugene Peterson, author of
The Message, was ordained in
the United Presbyterian Church, USA, in 1958,
which became joined with another branch and which is now
referenced to as PCUSA. These were founding members of both the World
Council of Churches and of the World Alliance of
Reformed Churches, and in 1997 they aligned with
the Evangelical Lutheran Church
The World Council of
Churches (WCC) is an ecumenical fellowship of churches whose goal is
to unite all denominations that claim 'Christianity.' In
2008 there were 349 churches, denominations and
fellowships representing 560 million Christians
worldwide, from Orthodox to liberal in beliefs.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) is a
fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians which
Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and United
Many WARC member churches also belong to the
World Council of Churches (WCC)
Eugene Peterson is on the editorial
council for Theology Today, along with several others
including, catholic Richard John Neuhaus, co- writer
of the ecumenical Evangelicals and Catholics
Mr. Peterson is a
member of the ecumenical theHighCalling.org, the ecumenical Chrysostom Society, and
an endorser of Richard Foster's
and his writings. He was on their Board of Reference and was a
contributor and New Testament editor of The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible, a project
Richard Foster and his associate Dallas Willard. Some of Mr.
contributions are found on the
Renovaré website where
various Readings are provided from the edition released
Eugene Peterson was also
a participant for other ecumenical ventures.
New York Theological
According to information
on the New York Theological Seminary website, and
correspondence with Dale Irvin, Academic Dean at NYTS, the Biblical Seminary, as it
was originally called, had this history:
was founded in 1901 by W.W. White as the Bible Training
School in Monclair, NJ. It moved to New York City
shortly after that and became Biblical Seminary in the
1920s. The board changed the name of the Seminary again
in 1967, this time to New York Theological Seminary.
Until 1976 we were located at 49th and Lexington, but
the Seminary sold this building and began renting space
from Marble Collegiate Church at 29th and 5th
Ave. In 2002 we moved to Morningside Heights in
Manhattan where we are now located.." 1
Church is none other than the late Norman Vincent Peale's
church. Norman Vincent Peale was a strong ecumenicist
as well as Scottish Rite, 33°.
that both his father and grandfather were freemasons,
and he was one for over sixty years. Aside from his
self-focus teachings he had many unbiblical beliefs.
From the article
Deceptions, "In a television interview with Phil
Donahue in 1984, Peale said: "It's not necessary to be
born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I
found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine...I've been to
Shinto shrines; and God is everywhere."
From their website, we read,
"Built in 1854, Marble
Church served as the base from which Dr. Norman Vincent
Peale, one of the greatest religious figures of the 20th
Century, launched far-reaching innovations in practical
Christianity. It was here that "The Power of Positive
Thinking" was born."
"As new churches were
built and more ministers were called, to what was then
known as New Amsterdam, the Collegium system developed:
a ministry of colleagues who rotated among the several
Dutch Reformed Churches on Manhattan Island. Though the
Collegium practice ceased in 1871, the name continues."
"Marble Collegiate is
one of four such churches in New York City today, the
others being Middle Collegiate, West End Collegiate, and
Fort Washington Collegiate. Our government is
Presbyterian in origin, directed by elders and deacons.
Its creed is Reformed or Calvinistic, emphasizing the
centrality of Christ and trustworthiness of the
scriptures as the word of God."
According to a New York
City promotion, Richard Nixon attended
this church and was influenced by Peale; his daughter
Julie married Dwight Eisenhower II
there in 1968. Other famous weddings viewed as
noteworthy were Donald
Trump's marriage to Ivana
in 1977, and it was noted he also met Marla Maples there. Liza Minelli's
marriage to David Guest in 2002 was also noted.
Marble Collegiate Church helps to raise scholarship
money for the New York Theological
From their own
information, and long after Eugene Peterson attended and taught
at New York Theological Seminary, the ecumenical nature and
goals of it is reported:
"In 2002, New York
Theological Seminary moved to Morningside Heights, a section
of New York City immersed in theological and educational
pursuits. Situated with offices in The Interchurch Center,
classrooms in The Riverside Church, and additional
classrooms, library, bookstore, and student services at
Union Theological Seminary, NYTS is at the center of a
rich theological and academic community."
"...New York Theological Seminary is an
ecumenical, multicultural Christian seminary which dedicates
its educational resources to increasing the capacity of
persons and congregations to engage in ministry to meet the
needs for evangelism and systemic social transformation in the
broad urban and related contexts. The Seminary’s most
important partners in this task are local congregations in the
New York metropolitan area."
"As an intentionally inclusive
seminary, serving people of diverse racial, language, cultural
and religious backgrounds, ..."
New York Theological
Seminary's "Board of Trustees consists of representatives of a
wide diversity of Christian traditions. No more than one-third
may come from any one denomination. Sixty percent are laity from
business and the professions. They are selected for three-year
terms and are involved in the life of the Seminary at many
The denominations and churches
represented on that board include:
Episcopal Church Center
Church USA, Roman Catholic,
American Baptist Church, United Church of Christ, African
Methodist Episcopal, The Episcopal Church, USA, Reformed Church
in America, Disciples of Christ, etc.
The Episcopal Church, USA or (ECUSA) is
actually Anglican. The Episcopal Church
base in New York is none other than the 'mother church' for the
Episcopal Church, that being the ecumenical and New Age, Cathedral
Church of St. John the Divine, which also houses
The Temple of Understanding.
the Seek God article
Wycliffe Bible Translators, John Mott
Temple of Understanding collaborated with the Global
Commission of Parliamentarian Leaders in 1985 and gave birth
to the Global Forum.” 77
Age organizations behind the Global Forum just happen to be
the Temple of Understanding, which is closely tied to the
United Nations and is housed at Madeleine L’Engle’s
church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine…The
Temple’s purpose…is to facilitate the one world
religion, through the promoting both the acceptance and the
embrace of all religions, beliefs and rituals.” 78
“According to the Temple of Understanding’s own
literature, it is the world’s second oldest international
interfaith organization, just behind the World Congress of
Faith’s, founded in England in 1935…The Temple began
through the efforts of …”Founding Friends,” including
world leaders Eleano
r Roosevelt, Albert Schweitzer, Thomas Merton, the Dalai
Lama, U Thant, Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI…” 79
“Friends” assisted the founder, Juliet Hollister…in
establishing a world interfaith center based in the U.S.
Additional sponsors have included John D. Rockefeller II,
Margaret Sanger… International Planned Parenthood…Bishop
James A. Pike…the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Jewish
Theological Seminary, the Unitarian Fellowship…” 80
October of 1988, the Temple of Understanding…held a
“North America Assisi,” in Wichita, Kansas…Faith
delegates represented Jains, American Indians, Christianity,
Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, Bahaism,
Unitarian Universalism, Sikh and Zorastrianism. Some spanned
more than one faith, such as John L. Jory, a Quaker…who is
also a practicing Buddhist.” 81"
& The Christian Mystic ]
For more on the Anglican/Episcopal
Church see also >A
Little Deviation From Their "Christian" Root;
Clapham Sect & The Socialists
NYTS mentioned that they had, "classrooms
in The Riverside Church." Riverside Church is none other
than the church built by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
"...The Seminary’s faculty
and administrative offices are located on the fifth floor of
the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive (at the
corner of 120th and Riverside Dr). Classes are held at Union
Theological Seminary and in the Martin Luther King Jr.
educational wing of The Riverside Church.
...The NYTS library and
student communications center are located on the second floor
of Dickinson Hall in Union Theological Seminary. NYTS
students also have access to the resources of Burke Library."
John D Rockefeller Jr is well
known with the history of the United Nations and Riverside
Wycliffe Bible Translators, John Mott
"...By donating land
in New York City, Rockefeller was instrumental in the decision
to locate the United Nations headquarters in the United
States. Riverside Church in New York City was built
through his gifts..."
And the ecumenical goals of these, as
noted in World
Vision: Global Education.
"In 1962 Edith Roosevelt, writing about the "Universal Theocratic State" stated,
being drafted to indoctrinate our children in what "John D. Rockefeller Jr. calls 'the church of all people.'...Plans are being made to set up regional World Universities whose objectives would include 'to instruct
in all religious but will not make religion it's aim,' 'build a world outlook' and teach the physiological , psychological and spiritual aspect of sex.'...On July 31, 1962 Dwight D. Eisenhower endorsed setting up a World
University to provide 'World Thinkers' to funnel into the United Nations....Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara is a sponsor of the
Temple of Understanding, the $5,000,000 "Spiritual UN' for the six major
faiths...UN official lecture at meetings of the Arcane School, the international 'group of New World Servers', who form 'Triangles' to work for UNESCO."
were established by occultist Alice Bailey's Lucis Trust, 6
which was to be affiliated with the U.N. Meditation Room. 7 "
From the Seek God article
Wycliffe Bible Translators, John Mott
Rockefeller Jr. provided the funds for the building of New
Church 47, considered one of the ten largest churches
in the World. The Rev. Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick, was Senior
pastor from 1930 - 1946. Their information states:
" We are an
interdenominational, interracial, & international
congregation." "The Riverside Church seeks to be a
community of faith. Its members are united in the worship of
God known in Jesus, the Christ, through the inspiration of
the Holy Spirit. The mission of The Riverside Church is to
serve God through word and witness; to treat all human
beings as sisters and brothers; and to foster responsible
stewardship of all God’s creation.
The Riverside Church commits itself to welcoming all
persons, celebrating the diversity found in a
congregation broadly inclusive of persons from different
backgrounds of race, economic class, religion, culture,
ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation. Members
are called to an individual and collective quality of life
that leads to personal, spiritual, and social
transformation, witnessing to God’s saving purposes for
Therefore, The Riverside Church pledges itself to education,
reflection, and action for peace and justice, the
realization of the vision of the heavenly banquet where all
are loved and blessed.
"The church is
interdenominational. It is affiliated with both the United
Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches and
cooperates with the Council of Churches in the City of New
York as well as the New York State, National, and World
Councils of Churches."
Many do not
know of, or are supportive of, the Rockefeller's massive
funding of population control through such groups as the
Population Council and Planned Parenthood. One can view some
of their donations through the Rockefeller
Brothers Fund Archives 48, which lists such recipients as:..."
See Also >
Bible Translators, John Mott & Rockefeller Connections :
Unholy Alliances and also>
It is very noteworthy that the
2005-2006 course catalog mentions in their upcoming events,
"In August you
can participate in the Willow Creek Leadership Summit with
Rick Warren and Bill Hybels by satellite link-up, while
throughout the year you can explore the place of prayer in
urban ministry with Concerts of Prayer or take an interfaith
pilgrimage with the Auburn/NYTS course titled "Spiritual
NYTS mentioned that they also have
student services and
classes at Union Theological Seminary.
Union Theological Seminary was
funded by The Rockefellers.
John Mott >
The Rockefeller Philanthropies
Influence on W.C. Townsend >http://www.seekgod.ca/wbtpic.htm
The Union Theological Seminary history, as cited from
The Columbia Encyclopedia:
Union Theological Seminary
Christian seminary; opened
in 1836 and chartered in 1839. Originally Presbyterian, Union
Seminary has been free of
denominational control since the early 1890s. It shares
cooperative educational programs with Columbia University,
Jewish Theological Seminary
of America, General Theological
Seminary, and other institutions. Auburn
(Presbyterian) conducts programs of continuing education from
Union. Union's Burke Library, the preeminent
theological library in the
western hemisphere, contains about 750,000 volumes, including
a number of special collections. Union
Seminary was a major
contributor to the revival of Protestant theology in the 1930s
and 1940s; through the work of such distinguished faculty
as Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr it played important roles
in the ecumenical movement and development of Neo-orthodoxy.
Current contributions are being made in the areas of
biblical studies, feminist
thought, and liberation theology.
See Robert T. Handy, A History of Union
Theological Seminary in
New York (1987)."
Burke Library of Union Theological
Seminary, serves as the main research library for the school.
SOPHIA, the computerbased catalogue listing the Burke Library
holdings, can be accessed on-line.
The NYTS Seminary’s faculty
and administrative offices are located on the fifth floor
of the Interchurch Center, which was also heavily
funded by John D Rockefeller Jr. From the
"Towering high above
the Hudson River in
New York City is the
Interchurch Center - a visible symbol of Christian unity.
19-story structure houses religions and religious
organizations of Protestant, Islamic, Jewish, Roman Catholic,
Orthodox, and other religious and educational agencies.
This web site is a guide to
the unique features of the Interchurch Center, which with its
manifestations of inter-religious service, make it much more
than an office building."
"...the Interchurch Center, a
visible symbol of the oneness of many churches in Christ and
reflective of the inspiring growth of ecumenism and
inter-religious activity in the United States in the past
century. Its construction and dedication ... testify to the
ever closer relationships of these groups in their primary
objective of bearing witness to the significance of religion
and spirituality in today's world and their relationships to
"... people had dreamed
of a center for Protestant and Orthodox communions in America.
They envisioned this building as a tangible symbol of growing
unity... Many denominations who do not have offices in the
Center nonetheless participate through their membership in the
interdenominational agencies which the Center houses.
for The Interchurch Center were held on
November 17, 1957. After a worship service in James Memorial
Chapel of Union Theological Seminary, ...
October 12, 1958, The President of the United States laid the
cornerstone for The Interchurch Center. A crowd of more than
30,000 ...banners of 37 Protestant and Eastern Orthodox
National leaders of
denominational and inter-denominational agencies,
representatives of the Morningside Heights community and of
the New York churches took part...
Eisenhower described the cornerstone as symbolizing a "prime
support of our faith, the Truth that sets men free." A sealed
copper box within the cornerstone contains documents and
records of importance. Historical papers review the previous
steps toward unity taken through several generations up to
1958: the uniting of denominations; the establishment of
local, state, national and world councils of churches; the
increase of mutual understanding in matters of faith and
order; the enlargement of the areas of common witness and
influence for the Gospel of Christ; the united ministry of
compassion and service to the victims of natural disaster and
of man's inhumanity to man; and the strengthened fellowship of
Christians transcending class, race and nation, loyal to one
Lord. The steel framework of the Center had already risen to
15 stories at the time of the cornerstone laying.
On May 29, 1960, the
completed edifice was dedicated in a moving ceremony that
marked the official opening of a new chapter in the movement
for a greater unity among the churches of the United States
-THE INTERCHURCH CENTER.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
through the Sealantic Fund, made available the entire block of
land upon which the $20,000,000 structure now stands, gave
$2,000,000 toward the building fund and another $575,000 for
the limestone exterior. Over $1,000,000 more was provided by
foundations and interested friends for the Chapel, lounge
Treasure Room, lobbies and meeting rooms. ... Churches and
other agencies completed the financing by investing $4,500,000
in second mortgage bonds and by contributing $500,000 as a
working capital fund. Those participating in this financing
are: American Baptist Convention in America (two agencies),
National Council of Churches of Christ, Reformed Church in
America, Sealantic Fund, Inc., United Board for Christian
Higher Education, United Lutheran Church in America, and the
United Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A..."
The National Council of Churches (NCC) and
all of its many branches is housed in this building. The NCC is the national
or American branch of the World Council of Churches. The NCC
holds the copyright to the
Revised Standard Bible and the New Revised Standard
Version (NRSV), which was translated under
Council auspices. Among the myriad of denominations housed in
the Interchurch-Center is the office of World Day of Prayer
In presenting the Bible Room at the
Interchurch-Center the promo stated:
"Opening off the Treasure
Room , the Bible Room has on view a continuing religious
exhibit of information and material about the translation and
development of the New Revised Standard Bible.
The exhibit includes a
soundbite from Dr. Bruce Metzger. Dr. Metzger was the
secretary for the committee that translated the Revised
Standard Bible and he chaired the committee that translated
the New Revised Standard edition."
It should be noted that the
Renovaré Spiritual Formation
Bible was a retranslation of the
New Revised Standard
Version (NRSV), which the National Council
of Churches holds the copyright for, as noted above.
Revised Standard Version (NRSV) was translated from the
latest United Bible Societies' Greek
text, UBS4, in 1989. This
is the same text as the Nestle-Aland 26th Greek text, and which
foundations were built from the Westcott
and Hort manuscripts. Dr. Metzger was one of the main
editors. Eugene Peterson also used the latest Greek
Testament from the United Bible Society, meaning the above, for
It should be noted that
most English Bible Translations of the 20th
Century, including the NRSV, NIV, etc., translate
the Hebrew using the 1937 Kittel Biblia Hebraica. NKJV
uses the 1967/77 Stuttgart edition
which was the
revised writing called the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
by Rudolph & Gerhard Kittel. The Biblia
Hebraica is published by the German Bible
Societies/UBS or United Bible Societies.
The ecumenical United Bible Societies
history shows the joining of a myriad of Bible Societies and
eventually working with the Catholic Bible Federation.
"...Also working in close
liaison with the UBS is the
Catholic Biblical Federation, which has cooperated in
formulating a number of mutually agreed position papers, the
most important of which was “Guiding Principles for
Interconfessional Cooperation in Translating the Bible” (1968,
updated in 1986).
order to assist the work of translators, the UBS has played a
leading role in the provision of scholarly helps. The
Württemberg Bible Society in Stuttgart (founded 1812) made a
notable contribution through the publication of Eberhard
Nestle’s Greek New Testament (1898, revised by Kurt Aland,
Kittel’s Hebrew Old Testament
(1937, revised by Karl Elliger and Wilhelm Rudolph, 1977),
Alfred Rahlfs’s Septuagint (1935), and Robert Weber’s Vulgate
(1969). The UBS called on an international group of scholars
to produce a new edition of the Greek New Testament (1966, 3rd
ed. corrected 1983), and handbooks giving exegetical and
linguistic help to translators."
For more on Nestle-Aland, etc. see:
Sect, The Ghost Society & The Word of God
Ecumenical Library of the
Interchurch Center information
Library, located on the 9th floor of The Interchurch Center,
serves the bibliographic needs of the Center's diverse
tenancy. The Library holds 14,000 monographic titles and
receives 100 periodicals. The collection descends from two
older libraries: the United Missions Library, itself a merger
of the United Presbyterian Missions Library and the Methodist
Board of Missions Library, and the National Council of
Churches Research Library. The United Missions Library and the
National Council of Churches Research Library merged in 1978,
and took the name, Ecumenical Library. The combined
collections showed strong holdings in missions theory and
history, area studies, social science research, and the
history of ecumenism."
The Claremont Lobby "is given in
honor of Eugene Carson Blake, stated clerk United
Presbyterian Church, in the U.S.A. President of
Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. 1954-1957 when
ground was broken for The Interchurch Center."
Eugene Peterson was ordained in
United Presbyterian Church, USA,
1958, meaning there
was clear association with the ecumenical National Council of
Churches and the development for the InterChurch Center was well
on its way.
It has also been noted that
Eugene Peterson received a bachelor of sacred theology
from New York
Theological Seminary (1954-1956), and according to
NavPress website information, he also taught "biblical
languages and English Bible" there 1959-1960.
& NavPress Promotions
Peterson's Opinion of The Bible ;
Message and Dr. Eugene Peterson
Peterson & His Ecumenical Connections ;
& NavPress Promotions
The Message Doctrine
& Foundations of the Faith
The Message Doctrine & Gnostic or
New Age Terms and Concepts
The Message Doctrine & Gnostic or
New Age Terms and Concepts Cont.
Message, Who Endorses and Promotes Eugene
Peterson's Opinion of the Bible
December 18, 2003
9. The Columbia
Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition Copyright 1994, 1995 Columbia
A Brief History of the
United Bible Societies
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