By Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley
This extraordinary advent to cults and new spiritual events has been thoroughly up-dated and multiplied to mirror the most recent advancements; every one bankruptcy studies the origins, leaders, ideals, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the explicit controversies surrounding every one workforce. a completely up-to-date, revised and elevated version of an remarkable advent to cults and new non secular pursuits Profiles the various so much noticeable, major, and debatable new non secular events, providing each one group's heritage, doctrines, rituals, management, and association deals a dialogue of the main controversies during which new spiritual routine were concerned, utilizing each one profiled team to demonstrate the character of 1 of these controversies Covers debates together with what constitutes an actual faith, the validity of claims of brainwashing thoughts, the results of experimentation with unconventional sexual practices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cults engender New sections comprise tools of learning new religions in every one bankruptcy in addition to shows on 'groups to watch'
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Questions like these made the doctrine of double-predestination difficult to accept by many English divines. Included amongst these divines was Joseph Mede. 40 The Synod of Dordt attributed the act of conversion wholly to the grace of God without any contribution on behalf of man. The initiative was completely God’s, and nothing within man (free will or otherwise), added to an individual’s response to the gospel. ” First Head, Article 15, Canons of Dordt. 37 Mede, Works, “The Authour’s Life”, p.
30 However, in this example platonic philosophy was illustrated negatively with no positive benefit for constructing r theology. Mede did not frame his world according to Plato, nor did he erect a grand cosmology based upon platonic ideas. In fact, platonic influence was cited as a fulfilment of prophecy found in a specific error within Roman Catholic theology. iv THEOLOGICAL CONNECTIONS: ANTI-CALVINISTS If there are no clearly detectable philosophical links between Mede and the Cambridge Platonists then other lines must be examined to demonstrate valid connections.
61 An individual’s “capacity” depended on the exercise of his free will. More believed this new approach combined the strengths of the strict Calvinist and Arminian positions. ”65 In this regard Cudworth attempted to arrogate some power to man’s will in order to maintain man’s responsibility for his actions. D. sometime fellow of Christ’s College in Cambridge (London, 1708), p. 352. 61 Ibid. 352. 62 “For whatever Good Arminianism pretends concerning all Mankind, is exhibited to this Part not absolutely elected, and to the other Part the Goodness of God is greater than is alloted by Arminius.
Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (2nd Edition) (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Douglas E. Cowan, David G. Bromley