By James R. Lewis, Jesper Aa. Petersen
This publication enhances Lewis's xford guide of recent spiritual activities. the previous presents an outline of the nation of the sphere. This quantity collects papers on these particular New spiritual hobbies (NRMs) that experience generated the main scholarly recognition. With few exceptions, those firms also are the arguable teams that experience attracted the eye of the mass media, actually because they've been interested in, or accused of, violent or anti-social actions. one of the routine to be profiled are such teams because the department Davidians, Heaven's Gate, Aum Shinrikyo, sun Temple, Scientology, Falun Gong and plenty of extra. The booklet will functionality as a reference for students, as a textual content for classes in NRMs, and also will entice non-specialists together with newshounds, legislation enforcement, public coverage makers, and others.
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26 The quest has been to create a leaner and more productive Army of the Lord, more prepared to carry out the mission and to face the tumult of the End of Days. The two most signiﬁcant changes in the Family since the death of Father David are in the areas of spiritual life and community vision. Interaction and communication with the Spirit world has been a feature of Family life from the beginning of the movement. Disciples were open to the possibility of prophetic experiences and guidance from those who have gone on.
The have demonstrated a remarkable capacity to survive repression, persecution, monumental leadership failures, and radical theological restructuring. The have survived the death of the Prophet and come to terms with the loss of many of their youth. Given their eccentricities, it is doubtful that the Family will ever become a large movement. But they are a people ﬁlled with energy, conﬁdence in their calling and mission, and above all hope. That hope has carried them though many dark nights, and there is no reason to believe that it will not carry them well into the future.
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