By Ira Rifkin

75 those who replaced the realm is an excellent, provocative choice of brief biographies of reformers, students, martyrs and mystics – of many religions – who shook up spiritual concept and perform within the 20th century. the fast profiles make fascinating interpreting – and, frequently, discovery – and the quotations and bibliographies following each one profile make this a good extra worthy source. it truly is an admiring and instructive survey of influential religious practitioners and pioneers. a party of the human spirit, perfect for either seekers and believers, the curious and the passionate, thinkers and doers, seventy five those that replaced the realm is an authoritative advisor to the main inventive non secular principles and activities of the prior century – a problem for us at the present time.

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A Jesus who drops down out of heaven, performs some magical act that frees human beings from the power of sin, rises from the dead, and returns to heaven is simply no longer credible. The notion that he will return at the end of time and sit in cosmic judgment is equally incredible. We must find a new plot for a more credible Jesus. —“Twenty-one Theses,” in The Fourth R, July–August 1998 In the minds of many, especially those who claim Christianity or Judaism as their heritage, Jesus is inseparably connected with the topic of institutionalized religion.

Not only did this trio upset the applecart of accepted Christian “truths” but they also shattered race, gender, and social boundaries within the church world. Meanwhile, Bhaktivedanta Prabuphada forced the Western religious establishment to take notice of his Hare Krishna movement, a 1960s spiritual touchstone. At different times during the century, three men may be said to have personified the period’s emphasis on freedom of expression and worship. They are Shirdi Sai Baba, a legendary Indian fakir (wandering ascetic) with a penchant for shocking others; G.

She was charged with conspiracy to produce false testimony but the case never came to trial due to insufficient evidence. She died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 1944. Eventually, Angelus Temple spawned the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a Pentecostal denomination that, at the time of McPherson’s death, numbered 29,000 followers. 5 million adherents worldwide. ” Oh, that we might write it in flaming letters upon the sky. —This Is That, p. 11 Let the giddy, laughing, thoughtless sinner, dancing on the brink of Hell, be sobered and come to Jesus in repentance, confessing his sins, or he will be eternally lost in that land where laughing and dancing are never known.

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