Sun Myung Moon Dead

Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, died today. I’m never sure what to say when someone like Moon dies. What I do know is that his life and his church will join L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology and Joseph Smith and the Church of the Latter Day Saints as wonderful data sources for discussion of how faith based notions propagate and become institutionalized. Their biographies and the histories of the religions they founded are almost completely accessible for study. Of course, commonalities among these people and their respective legacies may not help us understand the origins of more ancient religions with far less accessible histories of origin directly. But as Mark Twain said and I repeat again, “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also [apud Paine, Mark Twain: a Biography].”