By Nancy J. Davis
Gold Medal winner, faith class, 2013 autonomous writer ebook Awards
Claiming Society for God specializes in universal recommendations hired through religiously orthodox, fundamentalist activities all over the world. instead of applying terrorism, as a lot of post-9/11 considering 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 express how those routine construct great grassroots networks of religiously established social carrier corporations, hospitals, faculties, and companies to convey their very own model of religion to well known and political fronts.
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The theological communitarianism of the orthodox thus entails elements of sharing, caring, mutuality, and responsibility for others. Communitarianism, like the notion of “community” on which it is based, has elements of both inclusivity and exclusivity. It involves drawing the line between those who have come to the correct understanding of the faith and those who have not— between those who are “real” or “authentic” Christians, Jews, or Muslims and those who are not. Yet it also includes the potential for everyone to take up or return to the “true” faith, and hence the obligation to proselytize outside the community of true believers.
32 Each of the four religiously orthodox movements we chronicle in this book grounds its theology in a literal interpretation of the sacred text, teachings, or clerical rulings of its tradition, and this constitutes its ideology and the foundation of its theological, Contesting the State by Bypassing It 23 cultural, and economic agendas. Members of these movements regard their interpretations of these sources of authority as clear and inerrant, and view these sources as holding truths and laws rooted in divine authority that are true for all times, places, and peoples.
It is from this caring, egalitarian-leaning side that much of the institution-building undertaken by religiously orthodox movements stems and, undoubtedly, from which much of its public support derives. The failure to see this economic mission leads scholars and journalists alike to miss—or misperceive as mere localized charity—the immense efforts of orthodox movements to establish “state-like” society-wide networks that are motivated by a concern with social justice or entitlement and may far exceed what the state is doing.
Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare by Nancy J. Davis