By Nancy J. Davis
Gold Medal winner, faith class, 2013 self sufficient writer ebook Awards
Claiming Society for God specializes in universal innovations hired by way of religiously orthodox, fundamentalist hobbies all over the world. instead of utilizing terrorism, as a lot of post-9/11 pondering indicates, those pursuits use a sufferer, under-the-radar technique of infiltrating and subtly reworking 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 exhibit how those events construct big grassroots networks of religiously dependent social provider companies, hospitals, faculties, and companies to convey their very own model of religion to well known and political fronts.
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The key characteristic of the Abrahamic faiths, which is lacking in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, is having a sacred book that is seen as revealing divine, eternal truths and laws. The existence of the sacred book gives rise to the orthodox, who take the text to be literally true for all times, places, and peoples, and to (at the opposite pole) modernists, who regard the text as requiring human interpretation, adjustment to contemporary circumstances, and integration with other moral and juridical principles in formulating law for societies today.
We also discuss how at the grassroots level, individuals who do not share the movement’s theology and goals may become involved as they work to solve local problems. 18 Each of these movements is always in the process of involving and absorbing people who may have originally had little agreement with or commitment to the movement. Moving individuals to greater levels of faith and involvement is one of the ways in which these movements sacralize society. Of course, not all religiously orthodox movements share the multipronged agenda set that characterizes the four movements whose stories we tell here.
35 While the movements whose stories we tell have occasionally compromised to win over other groups, the primary strategy they developed—that of bypassing the state through the construction of massive grassroots networks that meet citizen needs—allowed local followers to highlight and work on those elements of the movement’s agenda that corresponded to local sensibilities and concerns and thus to incorporate people with diverse local interests throughout the country without having to negotiate or compromise in bringing them in.