Edward Anderson

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Anderson, Edward B. (1934 - )

Anderson, minister for 24 years of the Second Congregational Meeting House Society (Unitarian-Universalist) in Nantucket, Massachusetts, was asked in 1992 his views about religion. He responded to Warren Allen Smith:

  • Whatever New Age enthusiasts maintain, gnostics, shamans, and druids will not be the wave of the future. They will, however, be part of its inspiration. The impulse to study ancient religions long ago rejected and replaced is a sign that people are seeking new inspiration, new expressions of belief. This means they already believe differently from what traditional religions teach.

Cover-up, secrecy, propaganda have taught us to be skeptical of those who govern, even of government itself. Such skepticism is healthy. It protects our ideas. Without skepticism, those ideals would perish. In the process we have become skeptical of all institutions, law, medicine, education, religion, and those who manage them. We suspect cover-up, secrecy, propaganda everywhere. Our suspicions are well-founded. The impetus to reject dishonesty and hypocrisy contributes to the movement to re-evaluate what establishment liars and hypocrites rejected centuries ago. This means taking a fresh look at gnosticism, shamanism, animism, witches, Albigensians, Manicheans, pagans, and druids. It is a good time to be a heretic, because heresy has been given the edge of idealism.


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(See entry for Jon Andersson.)

{WAS, 5 March 1992}


(See entry for Jon Andersson)