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 e-book 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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This was what Buchman called a personalized meeting. 57 He also taught Chinese converts about personal work, believing that the best way to “conserve” a convert was to have him make more converts. In addition, the evangelist planned a series of retreats for missionaries and converts, similar to the house parties he led at Penn State. ” During the gathering missionaries recommitted themselves to individual work. It was a “personalized meeting,” with the 150 personal workers and 150 nominal Christians carefully selected.
M. ”31 Buchman and the rest sensed that seminary students needed even more spiritual help than did those in college or prep school. ” Despite the church’s expectations, “they are assailed by temptations which make them ashamed. They do things which choke them with a sense of self-contempt, a sense of hypocrisy. . ” He believed that seminary faculty, more concerned with theological minutiae than with the religious experiences of their students, were no help. “Their only experience of religion is a memory.
As another undergraduate talked about the social issues of the time, Buchman cut in, “Those things aren’t disturbing you. ” Buchman brooked no nonsense, and cut directly to the hidden sin, the shame that was keeping the man from victory. Buchman was skillful in eliciting confessions. One British student remembered that “for the first time in my life I had deliberately and gladly made a fool of myself before a perfect stranger. ” For the first time in his life, the rugby star tore up his moral 44 Moral Re-Armament life by the roots “and held it out to another man.