By Dawn Hutchinson
Even if spiritual 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 infrequently with outright alarm. The query motivating many experiences of recent spiritual activities has been 'why may somebody subscribe to those religions'? In 'Antiquity and Social Reform', sunrise Hutchinson deals no less than one resolution to this frequently repeated question. She argues that fans of latest spiritual events within the 1960s-1980s, in particular the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and the kingdom of Yahweh, thought of those religions to be valid simply because they provided individuals a private non secular event, a connection to an old culture, and company in enhancing their international. using an old technique, 'Antiquity and Social Reform' considers the conversion narratives of adherents and first literature of the early life of those events, which demonstrates that the spiritual stories of the adherents and a resonance with the targets of those religions propelled individuals into social motion.
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The seminary was designed to train future leaders for the movement. Many of Moon’s methods for spreading his beliefs in the United States have been controversial. He supported Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and he was investigated by a Congressional committee for trying to buy political influence for South Korea. , in an effort to disseminate his views in a nationally-recognized forum. In the 1970s and 1980s, he also organized scientific and scholarly conferences, inviting academic professionals to give papers on a range of topics.
Because the Unification Church claimed to be restoring the original mission for Christian Churches, they appealed to formative Christianity and the creation story in Genesis for this inspiration. In chapter two, I demonstrate that Feminist Wicca appealed to women who experienced discrimination from the patriarchal American establishment and who were in search of a religious path to their political goals. Feminist Wicca explained to their potential adherents that Christianity was responsible for stamping out the ancient goddess traditions and had instituted an age of patriarchal religions that validated secular patriarchal power structures.
The last chapter concerns a black Hebrew Israelite tradition, The Nation of Yahweh. This new religion denounced Christianity as the religion of the white power structure. 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.