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The Death of Sun Myung Moon – Part III: Up and Away

Rev. Moon’s funeral, or seung hwa ceremony, was held on Saturday, 15th September. Seung hwa does not mean funeral, but rather ‘ascension’: it was Moon’s own teaching that they are to be happy occasions, celebrating  passing into the co-existent spiritual, heavenly realm and affirming belief in the afterlife. But how will this day be remembered in years to come?

Bringing in the coffin

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The Death of Sun Myung Moon – Part II: Very Charismatic

This is a reflection on the life, rather than the death, of Sun Myung Moon. Often when I hear people from outside the Unification Church commenting on Rev. Moon and his Chuch, they mention that he is ‘a very charismatic leader’. Will it survive without him?

Rev. Moon at rest

Rev. Moon at rest, 6th September 2012

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The Death of Sun Myung Moon – Part I: When I Heard the News

I found out when I stepped in after work. Despite being a former member of the Unification Church (about which, see my story), I still have contact with members now and then. His health had been ailing for a number of days. He had finally died.

Rev. Moon

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Man of God

It occurred to me the other day, that aspiring to be a man of God is a strange thing. If you aspire to be a great businessman, or a great philanthropist, or a great politician, people get it. If you aspire to be a great man of God – people don’t get it anymore. We don’t do God, as Alistair Campbell (aide to Tony Blair) once put it.

Orthodox Priests

We live in a society of specialists. We have the car specialists, and the science specialists, and the phone specialists. We have the hair specialists, and the history specialists and the mathematics specialists. And generally, their fields don’t overlap. The mathematician won’t comment on history, and the geneticist won’t comment on paleontology.

It’s a funny thing. Mostly because, by becoming a specialist in God, by making God the thing you do, you limit yourself and your usefulness to whatever small section of society agrees with your idea of God. And somehow, because of that, God has become fair game. That is to say, everyone and anyone can and will comment on God. It’s a thing you have to decide on, and it’s a thing surprisingly few people will say ‘I don’t really know much about that kind of thing, so I can’t really comment’.

And this, I think is rooted in one idea: you can’t be an expert in God. Either because God does not exist, or because religion is up to the individual to decide on and no expert can decide for you or tell you otherwise.

But why? And is that even true?

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