Thomas Arthur Smoot (1871-1937) was a Methodist minister and educator. The Standard of Pitch in Religion analogizes human traits and music, "Finding those sweet overtones in lives where chaos reigns, and making them stand out with a firmness and distinctness that shall turn them into fundamentals" of honesty and goodness.
Italy's traditional subcultures - Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Republican, Right-wing - have largely dissolved and yet Catholics have retained their vitality and solidity. How can the vast majority of Italians continue to maintain some connection with Catholicism? How much is the Italian situation influenced by the closeness of the Vatican? Examining the religious condition of contemporary Italy, Religion Italian Style argues that the relationship between religion and society in Italy has unique characteristics when compared with what is happening in other European Catholic Countries. Exploring key topics and religious trends which question how the population feel - from the laity and the role of religions in the public sphere, to moral debates, forms of religious pluralism, and new spiritualities - this book questions how these affect religious life, and how intricately religion is interwoven with the nation's fabric and the dynamics of the whole society.
The Prophet Amos was faced with problems that may be familiar to many of us. Israel was booming, its boundaries expanding, and things were looking good. Below the surface however greed and injustice were festering and hypocritical religious motions had replaced true worship. Amos' unflinching warnings about sin and its effects were not popular, and Amos lived up to the meaning of his name - 'burden bearer' - we can learn much from what he had to say. Helpful notes bring the significance of these chapters into focus, and speak clearly to us today. Geared for Growth study materials encourage:
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