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Date Posted: 11:58
Author: Eponymous-30Apr02
Subject: Re: Addendum/Correction
In reply to: ketch-29Apr02 's message, "Re: Addendum/Correction" on 11:57

That the bible treats the "customs" of slavery and infanticide as acceptable (and even commendable) surely undercuts any claim that its contents are immutably good and true.

Moreover, I'm not asking that Yogananda be a reformer at the vanguard of social change; I'm suggesting that he ought not to have perpetuated a policy that was at the time recognized by even some non-avatars (!) as socially retarded.


P.S. Since you mention the issue, I want to reject out of hand the notion that the "customs of the time are not the concern of a spiritual teacher with a lasting message." Well of course they are: The customs of the time were quite clearly of central concern to Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc. That fact is not gainsaid by pointing out some of the customs that happened to go unopposed.

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