Lord of the World

Before Huxley, before Orwell, and long before Fahrenheit 451, A Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner, and The Hunger Games, Robert Hugh Benson wrote a story of the coming of the Anti Christ that today is considered one of the first modern dystopian novels Lord of the World, published in 1907, presents a world controlled by Freemasonry, with only a small Catholic minority Before Huxley, before Orwell, and long before Fahrenheit 451, A Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner, and The Hunger Games, Robert Hugh Benson wrote a story of the coming of the Anti Christ that today is considered one of the first modern dystopian novels Lord of the World, published in 1907, presents a world controlled by Freemasonry, with only a small Catholic minority bravely opposing them Benson s portrayal of the Freemasons as dominated by Marxism and Humanism made the novel a counterpoint to the socialist themed dystopias written at the same time by H G Wells The Sleeper Awakes and Jack London The Iron Heel Introduced and edited by Luke Hartwell, author of Atom Heart John Beloved

  

Robert Hugh Benson

Robert Hugh Benson 18 November 1871 19 October 1914 was an Anglican pastor who joined the Roman Catholic Church 1903 where he was ordained priest in 1904 Youngest son of Edward White Benson Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife, Mary, and younger brother of Edward Frederic Benson, he was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable Robert Hugh Benson 18 November 1871 19 October 1914 was an Anglican pastor who joined the Roman Catholic Chur...

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  • Posted by Webster Bull

    Being Catholic today is a challenge It can be awkward talking about one s faith in polite company at the average Boston area cocktail party, for instance The Church s position on social issues is all wrong, at least if you heed the common mentality Catholics are among the biggest threats to good, sound, everyday, politically correct thinking Catholics actually believe in such antiquated notions as God, faith, obedience, life, chastity before marriage, and fidelity in marriage, and they have Bein

  • Posted by booklady

    It s hard to remember this book is over one hundred years old Technologically speaking it s out moded, of course Robert Hugh Benson s volors flying machines which sound like Zeppelins zip along at 150 mph and people rely on typewriters for administrative work, but Ray Bradbury s The Martian Chronicles is far dated and it s fifty years newer Where Lord of the World stands up to the test of time is in its presentation of ideas Written in 1907, it accurately predicts a future world whi It s

  • Posted by Stephen

    At the turn of the 21st century, war between the states of Europe and the East threatens at the midnight hour, however, comes an obscure American politician, a senator of no fame, whose cosmopolitan charm allows him to calm the troubled diplomatic waters and prevent a century of peace and prosperity from being overturned by strife Hailed as a savior, the rising star becomes a pivotal figure in world affairs but the epitome of modernity, this senator has a far darker role to play in cosmic At the

  • Posted by Michele

    I was ready to give this book 5 stars right up until the last page, maybe even the last line The writing is lush, complex, with the sort of Victorian era delight in rich and beautiful language that one seldom encounters these days and it was a joy to read Here s an example It was a very upright old man that Father Franklin saw in the chair before him, of medium height and girth, with hands clasping the bosses of his chair arms, and an appearance of great and deliberate dignity But it was at I wa

  • Posted by Helen

    Our Pope Francis is full of surprises This book is on his list of favorites It is in the public domain so is available for free in the kindle store and is available free in audio on librivox I read it both ways The author was a Catholic priest, so there is definitely a Catholic perspective, but I think that anyone would find the book a page turner Fr Robert Hugh Benson wrote it in 1907 and it is shocking how prophetic it is Honestly, I think it would be a very interesting read especially Our Pop

  • Posted by Harry

    Although this book of fiction was written over 100 years ago the author accurately predicted the radical changes that have not only taken place in the 20th century but may occur especially in relation to the emergence of air travel,constant berating amp actual warfare against the Catholic Church, ready acceptance of euthanasia as a form of so called medical treatment amp most important of all the election by the world s population of the new Messiah who comes forth as a gentle,peace loving Altho

  • Posted by Manuel Alfonseca

    An apocalyptic novel written in 1907 Personally, I prefer A canticle for Leibowitz, which seems to me better built and believable, because the apocalyptic end is caused by man himself, rather than by unexplained acts of God.There are two kinds of atheism 1 Optimistic atheism, which replaces faith in God by an overpowering faith in Man God, in this view, is the result of evolution, not its cause The last question, a short story by Asimov, could be considered the most concise repres