Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell: An Insider Reflects on the Waco Standoff : The New Yorker

When Clive Doyle was a teen-ager, in the nineteen-fifties, he and his mother met an itinerant preacher outside their church, in Melbourne, Australia. He was a big, gruff Scotsman named Daniel Smith. The Doyles were devout Seventh-Day Adventists. But Smith was the follower of a self-proclaimed prophet named Victor Houteff, who became an Adventist just after the First World War and parted ways with the Church a decade later. The Doyles listened to Smith’s account of the Houteff teachings until the small hours of the morning and were impressed. “We were taught that if someone comes with a message based on the Bible, instead of trying to fight it, instead of trying to put it down or trying to prove it wrong, we should study the Bible to perceive whether the message is true,” Doyle writes in his autobiography. “Study to see if it’s so.”

via www.newyorker.com

https://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2014/03/malcolm-gladwell-an-insider-reflects-on-the-waco-standoff-the-new-yorker.html

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