By Ira Rifkin
75 those that replaced the realm is a superb, provocative selection of brief biographies of reformers, students, martyrs and mystics – of many religions – who shook up spiritual notion and perform within the 20th century. the quick profiles make fascinating examining – and, frequently, discovery – and the quotations and bibliographies following each one profile make this a fair extra important 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 realm is an authoritative consultant to the main artistic religious principles and activities of the previous century – a problem for us this day.
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Russell, Funk, and Daly—freethinkers all. Freedom is also very much what Elijah Muhammad and Desmond Tutu are about. Both challenged the prevailing power structures of their homelands in efforts to lift their people out of degrading and debilitating economic, social, and political straits—although they certainly went about it in different ways. Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, adopted a controversial message of preferred religious and racial separateness, keeping his followers as societal outsiders while laying the groundwork for the large-scale African-American move toward Islam that marked the century’s final decades.
New Age and exotic Eastern faiths were sampled widely and incorporated into the spiritual worldviews of many. More and more young people, particularly in urban areas, abandoned family religious ties for new ones of their own choosing. Traditional faith was, for a time, relegated by some to the dustbin of history. ” Not only is God or, more precisely, faith in God alive and well, but traditional religion and its pious spirituality seemed the most robust of faiths at the century’s conclusion, even as bitter and sometimes violent disputes raged over whose definition of God should prevail.
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75 People Who Changed the World by Ira Rifkin