I am going to clear this edition out of the blog and link you to Hagmann and Hagmann's edition, which is better because Mitch Santell, the producer, added cool pictures.
But since one of my new readers really liked the Fulton Sheen comment, I thought I would post more of Bishop Sheen:
I often look back at the book Communism and the Consciousness of the West by Bishop Fulton Sheen. He sums it all up so well, it is scary to think he wrote this in the 1940’s.
The conflict of the future is between the absolute who is the God-man, and the absolute which is man-God; the God Who became man, and the man who makes himself God; brothers in Christ and comrades in Antichrist.
The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined himself as “I am Who am,” and the Devil as “I am who am not.”
His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect – and certainly no devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect.
… he will come as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity, and plenty not as a means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves. He will write books on the new idea of God, to suit the way people live; induce faith in astrology so as to make not the will but the stars responsible for sins; he will explain guilt away psychologically as inhibited eroticism, make men shrink in shame if their fellow men say they are not broad-minded and liberal; he will be so broad-minded as to identify tolerance with indifference to right and wrong, truth and error; he will spread the lie that men will never be better until they make society better….
He will tempt Christians with the same three temptations with which he tempted Christ. The temptation to turn stones into bread as an earthly Messiahs will become the temptation to sell freedom for security, making bread a political weapon which only those who think his way may eat. The temptation to work a miracle by recklessly throwing himself from a steeple will become a plea to desert the lofty pinnacles of truth where faith and reason reign, for those lower depths where the masses live on slogans and propaganda. He wants no proclamation of immutable principles from the lofty heights of a steeple, but mass organization through propaganda where only a common man directs the idiosyncrasies of common man. Opinions not truths, commentators not teachers, Gallup polls not principles, nature not grace – to these golden calves will men toss themselves from their Christ. The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion – one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.