This Present Darkness

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Whether God exists or not, the importance of God in a human life, the values of religions... have been a controversial and abstract enigma of man’s spiritual life. On the way to find the truth, many people seem to lose their initial purpose as well as their beliefs. Throughout his Christian novel, This Present Darkness, Frank E. Peretti calls attention, mostly from the Christians, to the importance of prayer and faith in God in a Christian’s life. Throughout the Western culture, Christianity has played a crucial role in the spiritual life of many people. In fact, it is a one of the largest religion in the world with an estimating range from 2 to 3 billion Christians (Religions of the World: Numbers of Adherents; Growth Rates). Spreading with this worldwide religion, the idea that God is at the centre of daily life has a high importance to many people. In the early 20th Century, one of the significant developments of Christianity was the Pentecostal Movement (A Brief History of Christianity). More specifically, Pentecostalism is “the principles and practices of Pentecostal religious groups, characterized by religious excitement and talking in tongues”; its most remarkable detail is its emphasis of the Holy Spirit and the value of prayer (wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn). It has outspread around the world by the people who believed that they had experienced the marvelous moves of God. If the Pentecostal Movement was a mark for the 20th Century Christianity, The Sixties (the 1960s) was a big step for American 20th Century society with important social changes. The hippies, the psychedelic lifestyles, protestation against materialism, the civil right movement, etc. have formed a colorful picture of the 60’s society – the counter... ... middle of paper ... ...ld War II America, The Twentieth Century, Divining America: Religion in American History, TeacherServe, National Humanities Center." National Humanities Center - Welcome to the National Humanities Center. Web. 27 July 2010. . "Religions of the World: Numbers of Adherents; Growth Rates." ReligiousTolerance.org by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Web. 27 July 2010. . "This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti Summary, Themes, Characters." The Rantery. Web. 27 July 2010. . "US History:Society of the 1960's." US History: 1950-1975. Web. 27 July 2010. . Web. .
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