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The Advent of Sun Myung Moon : The Origins, Beliefs and Practices of the Unification Church - George D. Chryssides

The Advent of Sun Myung Moon

The Origins, Beliefs and Practices of the Unification Church

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Published: 5th April 1991
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In writing any account of someone else's religious beliefs and practices, any author must find himself between two poles: what members of the religion wish to tell, and what the public wishes to know. Nowhere are these polarities more distant than in the field of new religions. The public wishes to know about "recruitment", "brainwashing", and fundraising within the Unification Church, while the authors discussion with UC members elicited far more material on their own inner spiritual life. After consideration the author has concluded that a common meeting ground is simply not possible, and that any book, including this one, has to be a compromise. Just as any mainstream Christian would be irritated by an inquirer's relentless pursuit of questions relating to the precise ingredients of the eucharistic wine, it is understandable that UC members should feel that the author has given too much attention to the more obviously external manifestations of their faith in some of their ceremonies. However, while recognising the importance of the insider's definition, the author still believes that it is important to answer many of the commonly asked outsider's questions too, and it is simply

Examining the Evidence - Unificationist Doctrines - The Korean Religious Heritage - The Advent of Christianity - Korea's New Christians - Jesus in Unification Thought - The Blessing - Rites and Festivals - The Future Agenda - Some Personal Reflections - Appendix to Chapter 7: The Numerological Significance of the Blessings - References - Bibliography - Glossary - Index

ISBN: 9780333496985
ISBN-10: 0333496981
Series: Origins, Beliefs and Practices of the Unification Church
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 5th April 1991
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.69  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2