Antiquity and Social Reform: Religious Experience in the by Dawn Hutchinson

By Dawn Hutchinson

Even supposing non secular innovation in the USA traditionally has been the norm instead of the exception, mainstream american citizens have usually considered new non secular activities with suspicion and sometimes with outright alarm. The query motivating many experiences of latest non secular hobbies has been 'why could an individual subscribe to those religions'? In 'Antiquity and Social Reform', sunrise Hutchinson bargains at the very least one solution to this usually repeated question. She argues that fans of latest non secular pursuits within the 1960s-1980s, in particular the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and the country of Yahweh, thought of those religions to be valid simply because they provided participants a private non secular adventure, a connection to an historic culture, and organization in enhancing their global. using an old method, 'Antiquity and Social Reform' considers the conversion narratives of adherents and first literature of the adolescence of those pursuits, which demonstrates that the spiritual studies of the adherents and a resonance with the ambitions of those religions propelled contributors into social motion.

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The Unification Church presented its members with an explanation of why Christianity had failed to create a moral America, but more importantly, it claimed to offer a religious solution to this problem. The Unification Church asserted that it could restore Christianity to God’s original purpose while saving America from its moral decline. Church leaders promised potential members that their personal relationship with God would prepare them to be active participants in changing American society.

These religious groups were disturbed by what they perceived to be the growing moral decay in American culture and the “liberal” Supreme Court, with controversial decisions such as Roe v. 89 Couching their rhetoric in specifically religious terms enabled the conservative movement to appeal to the moral conscience in their potential supporters. According to Moon, the moral decline in America in the 1970s was evidence that Americans were pushing God away, rather than trying to restore their relationship with Him.

Biermans’ rejection of the brainwashing charge lends support to the idea that adherents voluntarily remained in the movement. I submit that church members chose to join the Unification Church because its religious and social goals closely coincided with their own. An insider history has been written by Michael L. 33 Mickler argues that when the Church established a presence in America, the various factions settled their differences and united their movement under the direction of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.

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