Explain at least three ways that social trends affect the formation of new religions and dictate new religious movements.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 8:23 am ad1c9bdddf
Explain at least three ways that social trends affect the formation of new religions and dictate new religious movements.
Traditional religions have been historically structured and have influenced certain societies in different ways. For example, in non-democratic countries, the official state religion often limits religious diversity and tolerance.
In many Western nations, people now have more freedom to explore different belief systems without being viewed as social outcastes or frowned upon by the general population. However, this would not ring true for certain subcultures within the United States of America, for example. In a study completed that asked of the "religiosity" of the people living in each state, the Bible Belt states or Confederate states were listed as the most religious and the Ivy League states were listed as the least religious. Now, rather than "religious," it is probably more accurate to say "practising Christianity."
Many people have been raised in a certain religion or denomination and may have been forced to practise a religion and/or believe in a religion that they feel disconnected from or they had bad experiences with religious leaders or ...
This solution will assist the student in better understanding how social trends affect new religious movements (NRMs).