When we begin to explore anything new, we begin with what we know or observe about society, then apply this knowledge to religious movements
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We ask questions like;
What are the types of religious movements that we are already aware of?
Are there social examples?
What features distinguish these movements?
How has science had an impact upon belief in traditional religions??
Why are people attracted to alternate belief systems?
There are both secular and religious groups. In pairs consider ordinary groups in society that you can identify from the pictures below and ask yourself the following questions;
Societal change; increase in knowledge; scientific and technological advances. Power shifts in political institutions ; speed of change; uncertainty; lack of permanence taking its toll, leads to disorientation; feelings of losing touch with self; others, environment, society. Changes in family structure…dysfunction within families
Power shifts in political institutions ; social ethical dilemmas; speed of change; uncertainty; lack of permanence taking its toll, leads to disorientation; feelings of losing touch with self; others, environment, society.
Factors: employment eg shiftwork; absence of parents from the home; alcoholism/drug dependency etc.
Life as we know it…under threat: cataclysmic disaster frightening/fear what future will hold; end of world phenomenon:
Crisis in Authority: some faith traditions can answer a need for structure and need to be told how to behave, what to believe.
They can also apparently answer a need; people can be attracted to religious groups which withdraw from the hurly burly of everyday -life; establish small communities; dreams of Utopia.