By Dave Hunt
In Learning for Tomorrow: The Role of the Future in Education, Wendell Bell makes it clear that the “demise of superstition and cultural ‘absolutes'” is necessary in order to “unshackle humankind” for the new world of the future.5 To create the new-world citizen it is necessary to remove all “prejudice” against the beliefs which others may hold. In the new world of tolerance which Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II intend to create, every religion will be tolerated—except fundamentalist Christianity, which claims that Jesus Christ is the only Savior and that those who reject Him are eternally lost. While promoting ecumenism with all the world’s religions, the Pope at the same time warns Catholics “not to be seduced by Protestant fundamentalist sects….”6
Gorbachev and the Pope both recognize that evangelical Christianity is the enemy of the new “freedom of conscience” they now promote. Gorbachev’s advocacy of “spiritual values” must be taken in the context of his warnings against “outmoded dogmas,” by which he does not mean only political ones. In an obvious affront to the One who is the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8), he stated at his June 1990 reunion with Ronald Reagan in San Francisco (where tolerance has borne such a deadly fruit as AIDS), “Everything must change. Tolerance is the alpha and omega of a new world order.”7
Cooperation among all religions is essential in establishing the new world order. The Humanist Manifesto acknowledges that humanism is a religion, a belief that cannot be proved by science, but which provides a “faith” upon which one’s life may be anchored when all else seems to fail. Gorbachev recognizes the need for this kind of religious faith. In the interest of tolerance it may be called by any name.