lecture 12-6 - Successful features of Mormon organization:...

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Charismatic leadership suffers from the problem of succession. Most new religious movements do not survive the death of a charismatic founder. Christianity is the most wide-spread of the world’s religions with 1.9 billion followers. About 1/3 of the world’s population is Christian. Growth of the LDS Church (Mormon) Date Membership 1900 250,000 1990 7,700,000 2020 25,000,000 (projected) 2060 100,000,000 (projected) Rodney Stark’s model of Successful New Religions o Retain Cultural continuity with dominate religions o Remain deviant, but not too threatening o Effective mobilization and organization o Normal age and sex distribution of members Successful new religions convert charismatic authority to rational-legal authority after the death of the founder
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Unformatted text preview: Successful features of Mormon organization: o Elaborate structure creates real duties and responsibilities for most members o Leaves members in contact with the outside world o Members duties create wealth and converts to Mormonism. o Normal age and sex distribution of members o Seek out favorable ecological climate o Maintain dense internal networks while avoiding isolation o Resist secularization, remain fundamental o Adequately socialize young to limit secularization and defection. o A high conversion rate is necessary for success because converts are the most zealous and committed members. The majority of Mormons are always new converts. o To avoid problems in adolescence, give teens real responsibility...
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