By Dawn Hutchinson
Even supposing non secular innovation in the USA traditionally has been the norm instead of the exception, mainstream americans have usually considered new non secular activities with suspicion and sometimes with outright alarm. The query motivating many reports of latest spiritual routine has been 'why may anyone sign up for those religions'? In 'Antiquity and Social Reform', sunrise Hutchinson deals at the very least one resolution to this usually repeated question. She argues that fans of latest non secular hobbies within the 1960s-1980s, in particular the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and the state of Yahweh, thought of those religions to be valid simply because they provided participants a private spiritual event, a connection to an historical culture, and service provider in bettering their global. using an old procedure, 'Antiquity and Social Reform' considers the conversion narratives of adherents and first literature of the youth of those events, which demonstrates that the spiritual reviews of the adherents and a resonance with the targets of those religions propelled individuals into social motion.
Read or Download Antiquity and Social Reform: Religious Experience in the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and Nation of Yahweh PDF
Similar comparative religion books
The time period 'inter-faith' is a contemporary innovation in English that has received major traction within the dialogue of spiritual variety. This quantity argues that the concept that of faiths within the plural is deeply tricky for Christian theology and proposes a Hegelian substitute to the normal bureaucratic proposal of inter-faith discussion.
This can be the 1st survey of non secular ideals within the British Isles from the Stone Age to the arrival of Christianity. Hutton attracts upon a wealth of recent info to bare a few vital rethinking approximately Christianization and the decline of paganism.
For many of the 20 th century, the main severe matters of nationwide defense were stability of strength politics and the worldwide fingers race. The assaults of September eleven, 2001 and the factors in the back of them, even if, call for an intensive holiday with this practice. If the us is to be successful in its long term contest with extremist Islam, it'll need to reconsider previous assumptions, extend the scope of its considering to incorporate faith and different "irrational" components, and be prepared to go away from earlier perform.
In this groundbreaking examine, Anthony B. Pinn demanding situations the lengthy held assumption that African American theology is simply theist, arguing that this assumption has stunted African American theological discourse and excluded a speedily growing to be phase of the African American inhabitants - non-theists. Rejecting the belief of theism because the African American orientation, Pinn poses an important query: what's a non-theistic theology?
The finish of God-Talk outlines the 1st systematic African American non-theistic theology. Pinn bargains a brand new heart for theological inquiry, grounded in a extra medical inspiration of the human than the imago Dei principles that dominates African American theistic theologies. He proposes a flip to Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Walker so one can influence a feeling of moral behavior in keeping with African American non-theistic humanism. the top of God-Talk ends with an exploration of the non secular value of standard areas and actions as settings for humanist theological engagement.
Through a flip to embodied human existence because the right area and content material of theologizing, Pinn opens up a brand new theological course with vital implications for ongoing paintings in African American spiritual reports.
- Women, Ideology and Violence: The Construction of Gender in the Book of the Covenant and Deuteronomic Law
- Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness
- Comparing Religions
- Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification
- The Day of a Buddhist Practitioner
Additional resources for Antiquity and Social Reform: Religious Experience in the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and Nation of Yahweh
101 Moon’s anti-communism made him a supporter of both the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon. 102 Moon saw the fight between democracy and communism to be an ideological battle with spiritual implications. 103 Part of the Unification Church’s mission, then, was to ensure that democracy prevailed, thus paving the way for the consolidation of the world’s religions under a single Christianity. Although its perceived status as a “cult” movement may have pushed the Unification Church out of the center of conservative politics, the Church nevertheless resonated with the ideals of American conservatism.
He said in 1976: “God wanted all Christians to be willing to give themselves for the salvation of the world. ”124 He claimed that Christian churches were falling away from their relationship with God. Likewise, Reverend Ken Sudo, director of training at Barrytown Unification Seminary, in 1975 declared that Jesus came to earth “to realize the world of love. Every one of us is here to fulfill what Jesus should have done…Christians couldn’t realize this. ”125 Christian churches, thus, according to the Unification Church, had misunderstood the role that Jesus was meant to play in the salvation of humankind.
The sentiment of the emerging conservative movement was integral to the success of the Unification Church during the 1960s and 1970s. What the Unification Church Offered its Members In addition to its use of conservative rhetoric, another way that the Unification Church appealed to potential members was that it offered them a chance to personally make a difference in the world. The Unification Church presented its members with an explanation of why Christianity had failed to create a moral America, but more importantly, it claimed to offer a religious solution to this problem.
Antiquity and Social Reform: Religious Experience in the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and Nation of Yahweh by Dawn Hutchinson