Spiritual Spokesmen of the Ages: The Men Who Inspired the World's Major Religions

by David T. Morgan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 25/10/1999

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781585005147

About the Book

This work takes a somewhat different approach to the world’s major religions. First, it is written in plain English and not the jargon often used by theologians and religious studies experts. It is specifically designed for the layperson. Second, it looks at the religions from a historian’s point of view. Third, it focuses on the founders of the religion and thus has a biographical flavor, introducing the reader to such fascinating figures as Zoroaster, Yajnavalkya, Mahavira, Confucius, the more familiar Christ and Muhammad, and others. Fourth, emphasis is given to the historical development of the various religions more so than to the nature of those religions. Fifth, the book demonstrates that viewing religions through the historian’s eyes and subjecting them to historical examination reveals that what is truly known about the religions and their founders ( as opposed to what various disciples and commentators claim is known) is very little. In spite of all that has been written about them, they can be summed up, historically speaking, in less than 200 pages!

About the Author

David T. Morgan was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on January 5, 1937. He attended the public schools of Fayetteville, earned the BA degree at Baylor University, and the MA and Ph.D. degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Married to Judith McIntosh, he has two grown children. He has taught at the following institutions: Patrick Henry College (Martinsville, Virginia), Texas A & M University, Rhode Island College, and Temple University Japan (Summer, 1989). In 1973 he joined the University of Montevallo as Professor of History and Chairman of Social Sciences. After fifteen years in administration he returned to the classroom full-time, and he is currently Professor of History, Emiritus, having retired from the University of Montevallo on August 1, 1997.

His publication include: four books (The New Crusades, the New Holy Land; Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1969-1991; The Devious Dr. Franklin, Colonial Agent; Benjamin Franklin’s Years in London; North Carolinians in the Continental Congress which was co-authored with William J. Schmidt of Westport, New York, and The John Gray Blount Papers, Volume IV, ed.), twenty-one articles in professional journals, and twelve biographical sketches in scholarly reference works. Other professional activities include the presentation of more than twenty papers at professional meetings. He has served as an evaluator on several occasions for the Alabama Humanities Foundation and as a reader and table leader of the Advanced Placement Test in American History for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersy (1975...present). Morgan is the national president of Phi Alpha Theta (the history honor society) during 1998 and 1999 and a former president of the Montevallo chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. He has traveled widely in the Britsh Isles, Europe, and Japan.