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

By Dawn Hutchinson

Even though non secular innovation in the USA traditionally has been the norm instead of the exception, mainstream american citizens have frequently seen new non secular pursuits with suspicion and sometimes with outright alarm. The query motivating many experiences of recent non secular pursuits has been 'why could somebody subscribe to those religions'? In 'Antiquity and Social Reform', sunrise Hutchinson bargains at the very least one resolution to this usually repeated question. She argues that fans of recent non secular hobbies within the 1960s-1980s, particularly the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and the country of Yahweh, thought of those religions to be valid simply because they provided individuals a private spiritual event, a connection to an historical culture, and employer in enhancing their international. using an ancient process, 'Antiquity and Social Reform' considers the conversion narratives of adherents and first literature of the adolescence of those routine, which demonstrates that the spiritual reviews of the adherents and a resonance with the ambitions of those religions propelled individuals into social motion.

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Leader Yahweh ben Yahweh also condemned black Christian ministers for compromising their black heritage and working in complicity with whites to keep blacks a subordinate race in America. The Nation of Yahweh instead offered a vision of a more desirable society for blacks in which the power structure shifted into their favor. The Nation’s leaders assured their members that they would have a meaningful relationship with the black, powerful, vengeful God of the ancient Hebrews. They claimed that American blacks were descendants of the ancient Hebrews and thus were entitled to the promises made by God to His chosen people.

Later, this view evolved into a belief that the movement had come to replace the extant Christianity as the “true” Christian vision of God. In either case, the Unification Church offered its members an explanation of why Christianity needed to be restored. Moon made his feelings about Christianity’s ineffectiveness quite clear in the Divine Principle, published in America in the 1960s and 1970s. ”104 Moon’s new truth was his teachings, found in the Divine Principle. ”107 Since Moon reasoned that Christianity had failed in its mission, he aspired to “return” the Christian Church to what he understood as God’s original purpose for it.

This chapter then proceeds to argue that the Unification Church appealed to its potential adherents because it offered them an explanation for Christianity’s failure in America, a personal religious experience, and the possibility of restoring Christianity in order to end what they believed to be the moral chaos engulfing American society. Existing Scholarship on the Unification Church Most extant scholarship on the Unification Church focuses on its status as an alternative or new religious movement.

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