Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]
Who are the Moonists? They are members of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, a religion founded by a 55 year old Korean preacher San Myung Moon. Having arrived in south Korea in 1950 claiming to be the victim of communist torture in the north and the receiver of visitations from Christ, Moon founded there his new religion which has since spread worldwide.
An estimated one million members give Moon their undivided devotion in the belief that he is the new messiah. American membership, according to Moonist sources, has grown from 5 people in 1961 to an estimated 7,000 core members - those who live and work fulltime for the church - and 20,000 associate members.
Moon's principal evangelist and former south Korean military attache in Washington, Colonel Bo Hi Pak, says that 'our movement is more important than Martin Luther's 95 Theses. The Rev Moon's spiritual revolution will have a thousand times greater impact than the Christian Reformation.'