New Religions and the Theological Imagination in America

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Indiana University Press, 22 нояб. 1989 г. - Всего страниц: 192

"Bednarowski is especially good at elucidating the theological daring of these new American religions.... [She] demonstrates in a very few pages how... theology and group adherence made the individual count, a configuration simultaneously American, un-American, and important." -- Jon Butler

"The cultural confrontation with these `new religions' is very real and usually very misinformed. Bednarowski has gone to great lengths to dispel the ignorance." -- The Christian Century

"A groundbreaking study." -- Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture

Organized as a series of theological conversations about ultimate questions, this book offers a guide to the answers these six religions offer. Drawing heavily on sources from the movements themselves, it presents a balanced comparative account of the emerging theological systems of America's new religions.

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New Religions and the Theological Imagination
1
Two Who or What Is God Like? Concepts of Deity in the New Religions
19
Three What Does It Mean to Be Human? Views of Human Nature in the New Religions
45
Death and Afterlife in the New Religions
75
Five How Shall We Live Our Lives? Ethical Reflection and Moral Issues in the New Religions
98
Broadening the Conversation
127
NOTES
141
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
164
INDEX
171
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Стр. 13 - His sight ; that those professors were all corrupt, they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me ; they teach for doctrine the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.
Стр. 18 - To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or colour.
Стр. 43 - Evil " and " Dis-harmony," are synonymous. Further we maintain that all pain and suffering are results of want of Harmony, and that the one terrible and only cause of the disturbance of Harmony is selfishness in some form or another.
Стр. 7 - ... file off, some to one party and some to another, it was seen- that the seemingly good feelings of both the priests and the converts were more pretended than real; for a scene of great confusion and bad feeling ensued — priest contending against priest, and convert against convert; so that all their good feelings one for another, if they ever had any, were entirely lost in a strife of words and a contest about opinions.
Стр. 61 - Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor 475:30 can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin.
Стр. 154 - We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.
Стр. 64 - The great element of reform is not born of human wisdom; it does not draw its life from human organizations. I find it only in Christianity. " Thy kingdom come," — there is a sublime and pregnant burden in this prayer. It is the aspiration of every soul that goes forth in the spirit of reform. For what is the significance of this prayer ? It is a petition...
Стр. 91 - After the momentary belief of dying passes from mortal mind, this mind is still in a conscious state of existence; and the individual has but passed through a moment of extreme mortal fear, to awaken with thoughts, and being, as material as before. Science and Health clearly states that spiritualization of thought is not attained by the death of the body, but by a conscious union with God.
Стр. 26 - Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.

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MARY FARRELL BEDNAROWSKI is Professor of Religious Studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

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