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Spiritual Leaders Who Changed the World: The Essential Handbook to the Past Century of Religion

Spiritual Leaders Who Changed the World: The Essential Handbook to the Past Century of Religion

by Ira Rifkin, Robert Coles

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Who Were the Most Innovative Spiritual Leaders of the Past Century?

Fascinating profiles of the most important spiritual leaders of the past one hundred years. An invaluable reference of twentieth-century religion and an inspiring resource for spiritual challenge today.

Black Elk, H. H. the Dalai Lama, Mary Baker Eddy, Abraham Joshua Heschel, J. Krishnamurti, C. S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Elijah Muhammad, Meher Baba, Joseph Campbell, Simone Weil, Pope John XXIII, Shunryu Suzuki, Aimee Semple McPherson, Billy Graham, Dorothy Day, Thich Nhat Hanh, Martin Luther King, Jr. … these are just some of the spiritual leaders who have changed our world.

The result of a nationwide survey of experts in leading universities and seminaries, as well as leading representatives of dozens of religious traditions and spiritual persuasions, this authoritative list of seventy-five includes martyrs and mystics, intellectuals and charismatics from East and West. Their lives and wisdom are now easily accessible in this inspiring volume.

A celebration of the human spirit, ideal for both seekers and believers, the curious and the passionate, thinkers and doers, this book is an authoritative guide to the most creative spiritual ideas and actions of the past century—a challenge for us today.

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ISBN-13: 9781594734984
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ira Rifkin is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion issues. He is the author of Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization: Making Sense of Economic and Cultural Upheaval (SkyLight Paths), and has served as a national correspondent for Religion News Service, and news director for He has written for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun,, and numerous other publications, and has taught at American University and elsewhere.

Dr. Robert Coles was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his five-volume Children of Crisis series. He is professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at Harvard Medical School and James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our highest civilian honor, he is also the author of many books.

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