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By Ira Rifkin

75 those that replaced the area is a superb, provocative selection of brief biographies of reformers, students, martyrs and mystics – of many religions – who shook up spiritual inspiration and perform within the 20th century. the fast profiles make attention-grabbing analyzing – and, usually, discovery – and the quotations and bibliographies following each one profile make this an excellent extra worthy source. it truly is an admiring and instructive survey of influential non secular 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 who replaced the area is an authoritative advisor to the main inventive non secular rules and activities of the previous century – a problem for us at the present time.

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Funk hopes to see emerge a new Christianity that is suited for a rationalist age. HIS WORDS The plot early Christians invented for a divine redeemer figure is as archaic as the mythology in which it is framed. 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.

Following protests from students around the country, Boston College reinstated her with tenure. The pressures prompted her to shine ever brighter, as she published more radical books and lectured around the world. But in 1999 a male student to whom she had denied access to her class filed a discrimination suit, prompting the college to cancel her courses and to maintain that she voluntarily resigned—a claim she contests. ” In her second book, Beyond God the Father, she named and claimed that God is a verb.

Most of all, I wish to thank my personal guides: my wife, Ruth, and sons, Brady and Jesse. —I. R. INTRODUCTION • • • • • • • by Ira Rifkin On a blustery Sunday evening in November 1997, the Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I came to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the faithful, more than a thousand of them, packed Christ the Saviour Cathedral for this once-in-a-lifetime religious experience. Among them was a local family with a severely disabled son. The youth, his body contorted by cerebral palsy, appeared to be a teenager but at twenty was really more a young man.

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