Religious Movements - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Sociology

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Understanding Religious Movements

Religious movements may be understood as a subcategory of social movements—that is, organized efforts to cause or prevent change. There are three discrete types or categories of religious movements. First, endogenous religious movements constitute efforts to change the internal character of the religion. Second, exogenous religious movements attempt to alter the environment in which the religion resides. Third, generative religious movements seek to introduce new religions into the culture or environment.

Religions consist of beliefs, symbols, practices, and organizations. Endogenous movements seek to change one or more of these aspects of a religion. Some endogenous movements have had monumental impact on both history and culture—for example, the great schism that split Christianity into Western Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy in the eleventh century; and the Reformation, which developed in the sixteenth century and split Protestantism from Roman Catholicism. Other movements, while important...

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