There is urgent need for revival in the church as body and in the lives of individual Christian. A Christian must hunger and thirst for spiritual growth. Many Christians are in a state of spiritual slumber. We must wake up or end up in hell. When there is revival, people show concern for where they will spend eternity; they begin to hunger and thirst after God in earnest. To make heaven, Christians must make every necessary sacrifice to get revived. This book is a wake-up call for those who are in spiritual slumber. It is a pointer to the part we must take and the pitfalls we must avoid if we must be revived. One thing is sure, if you digest the contents of this book and say the prayers with your whole heart, you will know, and neighbours will testify that something new has happed in your life.
: Dr. D. K. Olukoya
The Battle Cry Christian Ministries
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Religious Tradition, Reinterpretation and Response
In 1956, Theravada Buddhists in Sri Lanka and throughout Southeast Asia celebrated the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha`s entry into Nirvana and of the establishment of the Buddhist tradition. This book examines this revival of Theravada Buddhism among the laity of Sri Lanka, analysing its origins and its growth up to the present-day. Within the spectrum of reinterpretations that have comprised the revival, the book focuses on four important types or patterns of reinterpretation and response. It examines the rational reformism of the early Protestant Buddhists led by Anagarika Dharmapala and the conservative neotraditionalism of the Jayanti period.Particular attention is given to two of the most recent and dynamic reforms, the insight meditation movement, breaking with tradition, has opened the path of meditation to lay people, enabling them to seek Nirvana without renouncing the world. The sarvodaya Shramadana movement has addressed the social context, reinterpreting the Buddhist heritage to derive authentic forms of Buddhist social development. Comprising this series of interpretations and options for lay Buddhists, the Buddhist revival represents a new gradual path to Nirvana.
: George D. Bond
Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
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