Some Alternatives to Jesus Christ; A Comparative Study of Faiths in Divine Incarnation

Some Alternatives to Jesus Christ; A Comparative Study of Faiths in Divine Incarnation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...that facilitated the puzzling assumptions and transference of the spiritual headship in their community, besides providing some of the forms under which that headship was conceived. Mirza Mohammed Ali himself before his claim to Babhood appears to have represented in his external life and character the perfect type of Sufi saint, to whom almost divine reverence had always been paid. Such were the beliefs and expectations, Sufi as well as Shiah, out of which Babism arose. The early progress of this new faith in Persia is extremely obscure, but it seems clear that the new Bab's personal character and powers were such as to win him adherents. Just exactly what were the features in them which produced the effect is not clear. As is usual when it is a question of the impression produced by a particular individuality, it is difficult to see the precise causes although the results are obvious. REASONS FOR FAITH 103 The reasons assigned for their convictions by the early Babis are mainly, first, this Bab's power of producing verse at a rate, and of a character, which in an untutored man must obviously be inspired--the result of 'immediate knowledge'; and further, certain equations of the letters of his name and home, evaluated numerically, with the titles of the Bab. As a matter of fact, the verses, although (or because) he produced them at the rate sometimes of ten thousand in thirty-six hours (like Lucilius 'stans pede in uno'), seem to have been intolerably obscure, and in very bad Arabic, while the Cabalistic interpretations of numbers and names, though carried out in the fashion recognised by Persian tradition, seem to us at least very strained and unconvincing. It is therefore probable that the psychological reasons for the triumphant certainty of...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618610
  • 9781236618610