Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Monday, February 1, 1982

"The Fate of the Earth"

 The New Yorker Magazine of February 1, 1982 featured Jonathan Schell's article "The Fate of the Earth", "describing the consequences of a full-scale nuclear war and [the] writer's views about how to avoid the extinction of mankind, which would be the result."

Of course, for years this fear had been reinforced in every Fellowship of Friends member's mind, as Robert Burton predicted civilization would be brought to its knees by a nuclear holocaust in 2006, then twenty-four years into the future. At the time, Burton claimed The Fellowship of Friends' destiny would be to preserve civilization for the post-Armageddon age, to form a new "Ark" as he termed it.

Part of the Gods' ("Higher Forces") plan for saving the Fellowship of Friends and its compound in Oregon house, CA would be to eliminate the area as a potential target in the future nuclear holocaust. (Beale Air Force Base, with its SR-71 and U-2 spy planes, was less than twenty miles away.) This would be accomplished, Burton predicted, in the Spring of 1998, with "The Fall of California". California's cataclysmic fall into the Pacific Ocean would leave the new Pacific shoreline just a few miles west of Oregon House. (On drives into the Sacramento Valley, Burton would even point out features in the landscape that would delineate the new seashore. He ominously spoke of a time when Reno would be the largest city on the West Coast.)

The Fellowship's winery under construction at the time was supposedly engineered to survive both the massive earthquake that would precipitate the "Fall of California" and the nuclear holocaust that would follow.

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