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Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme by Cami Ostman, Susan Tive

By Cami Ostman, Susan Tive

Beyond Belief addresses what occurs whilst girls of maximum religions choose to stroll away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a suite of robust own tales written via girls of various a while, races, and non secular backgrounds who percentage one commonality: they’ve all skilled and rejected severe religions.

Covering quite a lot of spiritual communities—including Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Calvinist, Moonie, and Jehovah’s Witness—and containing contributions from authors like Julia Scheeres (Jesus Land), the tales in Beyond Belief display how those ladies turned concerned, what their lives have been like, and why they got here to the choice to ultimately abandon their faiths. The authors shed a brilliant mild at the inflexible expectancies and misogyny so frequently equipped into spiritual orthodoxy, but in addition they clarify the lure—why such a lot of ladies are interested in those life, what they locate that’s attractive approximately dwelling a non secular existence, and why leaving might be not just very tough but additionally bittersweet.

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It is true that some Christians have made this teaching an excuse for doing nothing; for since God is the guarantor and the founder of justice, the establishment of social justice can be left to him. But they knew that this was a wretched excuse, a shabby evasion. With the death of God, however, we can expect nothing from any source but ourselves. We ourselves must undertake to establish social justice. A posi Today's Christians for Violence 77 tion that is certainly courageous and, humanly speaking, valid.

Finally, the third orientation toward violence. This is exemplified by a small group of French Franciscans and their publication, Freres du Monde. ) These Franciscans are at the extreme limit of Christian revolutionary thought. " A clear statement of the conviction latent in Shaull's writings; namely, that revolution is Today's Christians for Violence 57 more fundamental than the faith. But does Father Maillard really believe that one must choose between the Christian faith and revolutionary violence?

Violence is its natural condition, as Thomas Hobbes saw clearly. The individual, be realized, bad to be protected against violence. Starting out from this premiss, he came to the conclusion that only an absolute, all-powerful state, itself ' See, for example, Leonard Reissman, Class in American Society (New York: Macmillan, 1959). 88 Violence using violence, could protect the individual against society's violence. In support of Hobbes's conclusion I could cite a vast company of modern sociologists and philosophers.

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