Types of Religious Organizations

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Types of Religious Organizations All religious organizations involve communities of believers. However, these communities come in  different forms. The most basic of these today are  religious  movements, denominations, sects,  and  cults Religious movements and denominations A form of social movement,  religious movements  involve groups of people who join together to  spread a new religion or to reinterpret an old one. Religious movements are large and typically  “open” in their memberships, especially at the beginning of the movement. Examples of religious  movements include the early Christian movement, the Lutheran movement that began the Protestant  Reformation, the Reformed Jewish movement, and, more recently, the Islamic Fundamentalist  movement.  The agendas of many religious movements fade when their leaders lose influence, are replaced, or  die. A movement that survives, though, may become a church, or 
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