By Daniel Sack (auth.)
With its mix of American evangelicalism, well known psychology and exhibit company, ethical Re-Armament attracted women and men on six continents. This ebook lines ethical Re-Armament's reinventions over fifty years, from its Ivy League beginnings to its non secular heirs, Up With humans and Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Rather than just a bad act, Begbie wrote, “sin is that which hinders the evolution of the human race and the growth of the individual man. . It may be murder or pride; it may be dishonesty or intolerance. ” For instance, the “Virginian” had “a certain sense of lordship in his mind” when he was a child. ” Another man remembered having spent his youth under the cloud of resenting his parents, which led to a picture of God as distant and uncaring. This led him into atheism. For these men Buchman connected sin and shame—one theological and one psychological, but both ref lecting a self that is tormented by repression, self-will, or doubt.
35 Buchman and his colleagues believed that all ministers should be personal evangelists, and they aimed to turn all seminaries into training schools for that work. To strengthen these various cells and to build connections between them, Buchman and his colleagues developed the hallmark of his movement—the house party. After his days with the YMCA and in China, Buchman sensed that revival rallies were not effective, especially for the elite audiences he was hoping to reach. Pastorally, he preferred personal evangelism to big meetings.
An American remembered that the religion taught in his prep school was lifeless. ” Even their ministry was formal. ” Henry Pitney Van Dusen of the Philadelphian Society, nicknamed “Princeton,” told of talking with a young man with a personal problem—most likely a physical, even sexual one. ” When this did not work, the young man asked if there were other options. Limited by his conventional faith, Begbie reported, “Princeton” could suggest nothing else. Despite—or perhaps because of—their conventionally Christian homes, each of these young men struggled with sin.
Moral Re-Armament: The Reinventions of an American Religious Movement by Daniel Sack (auth.)