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Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social by Nancy J. Davis

By Nancy J. Davis

Gold Medal winner, faith class, 2013 autonomous writer ebook Awards
Claiming Society for God makes a speciality of universal techniques hired via religiously orthodox, fundamentalist events all over the world. instead of utilising terrorism, as a lot of post-9/11 considering indicates, those hobbies use a sufferer, under-the-radar technique of infiltrating and subtly remodeling civil society. Nancy J. Davis and Robert V. Robinson inform the tale of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Shas in Israel, Comunione e Liberazione in Italy, and the Salvation military within the usa. They convey how those pursuits construct monstrous grassroots networks of religiously established social provider businesses, hospitals, faculties, and companies to deliver their very own model of religion to renowned and political fronts.

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Is it possible that faith traditions differ in their likelihood of adopting the strategy of bypassing the state or in the specific form that this takes? As we posit in moral cosmology theory, the specific faith tradition or content of religious texts is not what matters most in the po­liti­cal attitudes of orthodox or modernist individuals. The orthodox of all of the Abrahamic faith traditions tend to differ from modernists in their cultural and economic orientations, regardless of the specific doctrinal positions on these matters in their religious texts or clerical teachings.

27 Sociologist Vernon Bates, who studied the rise and fall of the Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA), a fundamentalist Protestant movement with an anti-­gay-­rights agenda, writes that the rigidity of the OCA’s ideology was ultimately rejected by local Republicans in favor of a “Big Tent” ideology. In the words of the executive director of the Oregon Republicans: There are a lot of good things in our platform, but the group that came together to write the platform, which is a lot of OCA people, wrote a platform that is preaching.

In the orthodox cosmology, 12 Claiming Society for God timeless religious truths, standards, and laws are seen as having been laid down once and for all in a sacred book or in teachings derived from this by a supreme being— laws that the community must uphold and that everyone is obliged to obey. Thus there is a strict or authoritarian side to the theology underlying orthodoxy. At the same time, theo­logi­cal communitarianism entails the belief that the individual’s faith can find its full realization and expression only in the context of a larger community of believers.

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