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February 18, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Most of the major world religions, including Christianity, have entered into their final "folk religion" stage and are likely to fade slowly into the spiritual sunset, according to a provocative, recently published theory. The exception seen among five religions is the younger faith of Islam, which is just beginning a robust "reformation" period, says Robert Ellwood, director of USC's school of religion.
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February 18, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Most of the major world religions, including Christianity, have entered into their final "folk religion" stage and are likely to fade slowly into the spiritual sunset, according to a provocative, recently published theory. The exception seen among five religions is the younger faith of Islam, which is just beginning a robust "reformation" period, says Robert Ellwood, director of USC's school of religion.
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May 25, 1996
Multiethnic Vesak ceremonies commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha will be held at a Rosemead monastery Sunday with chanting, offerings of food and incense and discussions of Buddhism's future. The 16th annual celebration organized by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California and open to the public will begin at 9 a.m. at the new Rosemead Buddhist Monastery, 7833 Emerson Place, where the Venerable Chao Chu is abbot.
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February 5, 1989
I would like to respond to the Endpapers by Jack Miles on Barry Moser/Virginia Hamilton, "In the Beginning" (Book Review, Jan. 8) as well as to the article by William Pfaff cited by Miles (Times, Dec. 30). Despite differences, both writers appear to regard the current critical and philosophical "postmodernist" vogue as, a particularly pernicious relativism. In this light, Miles seems to wonder whether children of tender years ought to be exposed to such a shocking fact as that there are a number of different creation myths abroad in the world.
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September 12, 2002 | SORINA DIACONESCU
In the late 1960s, three aerospace engineers quit their jobs to open a store dedicated to spiritual literature in a small house in West Hollywood. Thirty-two years later, the store--named after the Bodhi tree under which, the legend goes, the Buddha attained enlightenment--is a destination of choice for Angelenos in search of rare tomes on meditation, Buddhism, yoga and magic.
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September 1, 2008 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Do Van Ly, a founder of the first Cao Dai Center in Los Angeles and one of the religion's senior leaders in the United States, has died. He was 98. Ly died Aug. 11 at his home in Chatsworth, said Janet Hoskins, a USC anthropology professor who is writing a book about Cao Dai. A cause of death was not released. A native of South Vietnam and a former member of its diplomatic corps, Ly began his career in the mid-1950s under President Ngo Dinh Diem. After serving as consul general in Jakarta, Indonesia, and New Delhi, India, he became South Vietnam's ambassador to the U.S. in September 1963 but was quickly called home after Diem was assassinated in a government coup.
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January 18, 1989
I would like to thank you very much for publishing two pieces on Nicaragua Jan. 1: Harry Nelson's "Nicaragua Struggles to Aid Its Children" (Opinion), and Rep. Mickey Leland's "Where Was U.S. in Nicaragua's Hour of Need?" (Op-Ed Page). It would be hard for me to understand how any member of Congress, whatever he or she may think of particular Sandinista ideology or policies, could again vote aid for the Contras or support withholding aid from hurricane victims in that tortured land after reading these fine columns.
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December 11, 2004 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
The Three Wise Men who came to worship the Christ child hailed from India and named him Isa, or "Lord," in Sanskrit -- a name that became Jesus in the Bible. The star they followed to find the infant Jesus was not a physical celestial body. It was the omniscient "wisdom star of infinite perception" in the spiritual eye, located between the eyebrows, which the wise men accessed through deep meditation.
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July 20, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Rev. FredericC. Price, pastor of the 12,500-member Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, was holding court for ministers this week at the first conference of his newly created national fellowship of urban churches. Perched on a tall chair, Price deftly handled inquiries about finances, TV ministries and staff discipline. He struggled, however, to respond tactfully to a pastor from Rockford, Ill.
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October 6, 1994 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The scenes of 48 dead in picturesque Swiss villages Wednesday bore striking resemblances to those on a Texas plain and in a steamy jungle in Guyana--previous sites of a fatal conjunction of religion, violence and communal living. In 1978, 913 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones died in Jonestown, Guyana. Most appeared to have taken their own lives by ingesting grape drink laced with potassium cyanide. Others were shot. And last year in Waco, Tex.
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