By David G. Bromley, J. Gordon Melton
Opposite to standard knowledge, violent episodes concerning cults are infrequent traditionally. yet their power to impact and disrupt civic existence looms huge and efforts to regulate those incidents contain arguable problems with spiritual freedom, politics, nation intervention, and public protection. The interpretive problem of this booklet is to supply a social medical reason behind those infrequent occasions. The authors finish that and so they contain a few blend of inner and exterior dynamics by which a brand new non secular circulation and society turn into polarized.
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15 Bromley If the potential for conflict is so high, the anomaly is the infrequency rather than the frequency of conflict escalation. Currently there are hundreds of religious movements of various types and scores more throughout history, but perilous conflicts are infrequent. Case histories suggest that accommodation and separation have been the most common responses, and contestation has typically been delimited and nonviolent. For example, throughout history radical communal groups have routinely distanced themselves from the established social order by migrating to isolated rural locations.
Officials seek to discern, for example, what law, justice, or community security requires. Prophetic movements are likely to be engaged in ongoing interactions with transcendent forces or entities that shape their perception of acceptable lines of action. In this sense, what had previously been bilateral exchanges now involve a third-party intermediary. Exodus and Battle projects are intended to demonstrate transcendent power, and it is this power upon which the parties’ utter confidence in ultimate success rests.
Each also is a demonstration of power. In Dramatic Denouements these two responses assume their most extreme forms, Exodus and Battle. Exodus involves an orchestrated withdrawal from the locus of the order that is being opposed through which a participant in the conflict reasserts the moral superiority of its position, rejects the existing social order, and totally 12 Dramatic Denouements separates itself from that order. Battle is organized combat through which a participant in the conflict reasserts the moral superiority of its position, rejects the alternative social order, and launches a coercive campaign to replace that order with its own vision of an appropriate social order.
Cults, Religion, and Violence by David G. Bromley, J. Gordon Melton