The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape (Global Pentecost Charismat Christianity)

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Why, when traditionally organized religious groups are seeing declining membership and participation, are networks of independent churches growing so explosively? Drawing on in-depth interviews with leaders and participants, The Rise of Network Christianity explains the social forces behind the fastest growing form of Christianity in the U.S., which Brad Christerson and Richard Flory have labeled "Independent Network Christianity" (INC). This form ofChristianity emphasizes aggressive engagement with the supernatural, including healing, direct prophecies from God, engaging in "spiritual warfare" against demonic spirits, and social transformation. Christerson and Flory argue that large-scale social changes since the 1970s, including globalization and the digitalrevolution have given competitive advantages to religious groups organized by networks rather than traditionally organized congregations and denominations. Network forms of church governance allow for experimentation with controversial supernatural practices, innovative finances and marketing, and a highly participatory, unorthodox, and experiential faith, which is attractive in today's unstable religious marketplace. Christerson and Flory argue that as more religious groups imitate this type of governance, religious belief and practice will become more experimental, more oriented around practice than belief, more shaped by theindividual religious "consumer" and that authority will become more highly concentrated in the hands of individuals rather than institutions.
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ISBN-13: 9780190635671
ISBN-10: 0190635673
Pagini: 200
Dimensiuni: 175 x 241 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Seria Global Pentecost Charismat Christianity

Locul publicării: New York, United States


This is an important book because it illustrates very well what some sociologists have argued for some time: globalization does not mean the end of religion but rather globalization introduces new forms including networked religion.
Christerson and Flory have offered us a valuable piece of the overall puzzle depicting changes in the organization of Christianity.
The authors' aims are clearly defined and unpacked throughout the book. They substantiate their claim that [Independent Network Charismatic] Christianity is a rapidly growing sub-group in neo-Charismatic Christianity and argue that it will influence mainstream Christian practices in years to come. Their discussion of networks in the religious economy is useful in understanding the influence of INC Christianity in the changing religious landscape of America.
Well-researched and well-executed... Christerson and Flory have offered us a valuable piece of the overall puzzle depicting changes in the organization of Christianity.

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Brad Christerson is Associate Professor of Sociology at Biola University. Richard Flory is Director of Research in the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Associate Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California.