Mysticism: The Future Of Faith By Harvey Cox

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In the broadcast of “Mysticism: The Future of Religion?” Professor Barfoot interviews Harvey Cox the writer of the book “The Future of Faith”. Harvey Cox was a professor at Harvard University that was the Hollis Professor of Divinity until he retired in 2009. In Harvey Cox’s book “The Future of Faith” he splits the history of Christianity into three different eras. The three eras are the Age of Faith, Age of Belief, and the Age of Spirit. During the Age of Faith was when Christianity had just begun and was a period where Christians abided by Jesus’s spirit. Moreover, the Age of belief was during the Council of Nicaea all the way until the 20th century when Christians focused on the dogma of Jesus. While the Age of Spirit is currently …show more content…
That mystics throughout history have been persecuted for their beliefs, which has limited their growth rate. Saint Theresa was a mystic but had to keep her identity a secret as she was a suspect in the inquisition. If Saint Theresa were to be discovered she would have been tortured till she confessed she was a mystic and been killed shortly after. Moreover, religious authorities wanted to purge mystics because they threatened the power that they had obtained. The Church feared that if people abandoned the religion they would also forsake its doctrines, which could lead to a state of nature. Consequently, this would imply that religion serves as a form of government that control individuals’ morals and beliefs to prevent anarchy from …show more content…
As fundamentalisms origin was from American Protestantism that asserts that the absolute accuracy and belief of the written scripture is what is most important. That faith involves believing in a set of particular fundamentals like converting other people to Christianity is what makes someone an authentic Christian. In addition, fundamentalist believe that embracing certain beliefs in the Bible is what makes faith. For example, the inerrancy of the Bible, Jesus virgin birth, Christ’s crucifixion, and the second coming of Christ were nonnegotiable views that Fundamentalist regarded as core tenets to be a Christian. Fundamentalists feud with Pentecostals is that they suffer from some kind of mental disease for shouting, groaning, and speaking in tongues. That Pentecostals take it the extreme when it comes to having direct experience with the holy spirit that their practices are excessive. As the fundamentalist have resorted to ad hominem attacks by stating that “it is probably because they have eaten some badly cooked fish” because of Pentecostal practices (page

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