Faiths for the Few

Faiths for the Few

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  • Autor: William J Whalen
  • Editor: Forgotten Books
  • Relaese Date: 27 September 2015
  • ISBN: 1331412382
  • Format Book: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
  • Number of page: 216 pages
  • File Size: 34MB
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Description Faiths for the Few de William J Whalen:

Excerpt from Faiths for the Few: A Study of Minority Religions Popular writers often divide the American people into three neat religious categories: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. Pollsters confirm this categorization because most Gentile non-Catholics identify themselves as "Protestants" when asked their religious preference. Nevertheless a tri-faith United States does not correspond with reality. Secular Humanism certainly constitutes a commitment, a faith, a way of life for many millions of Americans. Its values and assumptions and moral attitudes do not coincide with those of any of the three major theistic religions. Eastern Orthodoxy, likewise, claims the spiritual allegiance of 2,500,000 Americans and the two main Latter-day Saints bodies report nearly 2,000,000 members. Beyond these obvious exceptions to the familiar tri-faith description of American religious life are many other minority religions. Some of these such as Baha'i and the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims) are related to another world faith: Islam. Some, such as Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, and the I Am cult, are generally classified as occult religions. Others, popularly identified as Protestant denominations, such as Christian Science and Jehovah's Witnesses, actually bear only a superficial resemblance to historic Protestantism and, in fact, negate the basic principles of the Reformation. These minority faiths range in size from the moribund Sweden-borgian Church of the New Jerusalem with fewer than 7,000 adherents in this country to the prosperous, mushrooming Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Many of these bodies originated and developed in nineteenth-century America even though they now count a majority of their followers outside the United States. For example, Jehovah's Witnesses, a cult founded in Pittsburgh and now headquartered in Brooklyn, reports three members outside the United States to every American Witness. The Baha'is have attracted only 12,000 American converts but number millions of members in Iran and India. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. Information regarding the article author can not be identified or even may be eradicated for the inquire in the article author. You could may be keen on different guides by the William J Whalen. I was capable of accumulate much of the a lot of iformatsii for you. Pertaining to writers: web page isn't going to include public entry the publications on the internet pages solely preliminary specifics of it. If you believe that web site can be infringing, make sure you email people regarding this so if you are the article writer of these guides, we'll rapidly eliminate web sites from the site.

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