The Sociology of Religious Movements

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Religion - 474 pages
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Explaining how religion and society transform each other, this book explores such movements as Holiness, Adventism, religious communes, Satanism, New Age and democratization. The Sociology of Religious Movements is the culmination of work begun in The Future of Religion (the 1986 award winner of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion) and A Theory of Religion (1993 award winner of the Pacific Sociological Association). Explaining religious schism, innovation, and conversion to show how religion and society transform each other, this book explores such movements as: Holiness, Adventism, religious communes, Children of God, Satanism, New York City Mission Society, New Age, Asian imports, and democratization.
  

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Contents

The Religious Impulse
3
THE DYNAMICS OF SCHISM
23
Tension with the SocioCultural Environment
31
The Holiness Movement
60
The Adventist Movement
89
American Religious Communes
119
THE DYNAMICS OF INNOVATION
147
Cultural Diffusion
149
The Family Children of God
208
The Process Church of the Final Judgement
241
Morality
269
The New York City Mission Society
300
Democratization Movements
333
The New Age
363
CONCLUSION
384
The Perpetual System
395

Asian Imports
179

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