Dynamics of Religious Organizations: The Extravasation of the Sacred and Other Essays

Hardcover | June 1, 2000

byPhillip E. Hammond

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This book brings together some of the most acknowledged essays by Hammond written over the last decade and explores religious organizations, their internal dynamics, and their impact. The first half of the book examines issues such as: church membership; the formation of religious identity;the changing meaning religious organizations have in the mind of persons returning to church after 'dropping out' for a significant period; the orderly dynamics idertaken by small sects who, in growing, lower tension with social environments. The second half of the book examines the consequences ofthese internal dynamics including world system theory, the church and its impact on voting behaviours, the cultural impact of cults, ideological reformation, ethnicity and conscience, and the relationship between religious and ethnic identities.

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This book brings together some of the most acknowledged essays by Hammond written over the last decade and explores religious organizations, their internal dynamics, and their impact. The first half of the book examines issues such as: church membership; the formation of religious identity;the changing meaning religious organizations h...

Phillip E. Hammond is at University of California.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297629

ISBN - 13:9780198297628

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Table of Contents

Part I: Internal DynamicsThe Extravasation of the Sacred and the Crisis in Liberal ProtestantismReligion and the Persistence of IdentityWhen the Sacred returnsThe Market Paradigm and the Future of Religious organizationsCults and Sects in AmericaThe Appeal of Buddhism n AmericaTocqueville's Lesson from the New World for religion in the New EuropePart II: External InfluencesWorld Order and Mainline ReligionThe Cultural Consequences of CultsReligion and Ethnicity in Late Twentieth Century AmericaReligion and Family Values in Presidential VotingChurch, State and the Dilemma of Conscience