Uni-Directional or Bi-Directional?: Sect-Denomination Theory and the Case of Seventh-day Adventism

Those who developed what we call Church-Sect theory (Troeltsch, Niebuhr, Yinger, Johnson, Wilson, and Stark and Bainbridge) thought of it as laying out a uni-directional trajectory from sect towards (in the USA) denomination for groups that survive and prosper. However, in 1994, in his The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation, Armand…… Continue reading Uni-Directional or Bi-Directional?: Sect-Denomination Theory and the Case of Seventh-day Adventism

From Sect Towards Denomination: Tracing the Trajectory of Seventh-day Adventism in the USA over Time

Seventh-day Adventism emerged from the Millerite Movement, which had preached throughout the American Northeast that Christ would return in 1844, after the parent movement fragmented following the “Great Disappointment”. The new group was marked by considerable tension with its surrounding culture during its early decades, and was therefore, in terms of the definition promulgated by…… Continue reading From Sect Towards Denomination: Tracing the Trajectory of Seventh-day Adventism in the USA over Time

The Secular Transition: The Worldwide Growth of Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventists

Ryan T. Cragun – University of Tampa and Ronald Lawson – Queens College, CUNY A question that continues to draw research in the sociology of religion is what factors spur the growth of religions (Kelley 1972; Iannaccone 1994; Bruce 2002; Hoge and Roozen 1979; Stark and Finke 2000)⁠. In line with with these previous studies,…… Continue reading The Secular Transition: The Worldwide Growth of Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventists

Seventh-day Adventists in Conflict: A Nineteenth-century Religious Movement Meets the Twentieth Century

Introduction – 2018 During the first half of the 1980s, conflict within Seventh-day Adventism received a great deal of attention in the press. The titles of some of the articles included “The Shaking up of Adventism?” [Christianity Today, 1980a]; “Theologian Told to Defend his Views” [Los Angeles Times, 1980a]; “Seventh-day Adventist Controversy: Plagiarism Found in…… Continue reading Seventh-day Adventists in Conflict: A Nineteenth-century Religious Movement Meets the Twentieth Century

Sectarian Groups and Social Issues:  Broadening Church-Sect Theory

Ronald Lawson For PDF Click Here: Sectarian Groups and Social Issues:  Broadening Church-Sect Theory A paper presented at the meeting of the Religious Research Association, Columbus, Ohio, October 2001 Introduction: the Evolution of Church-Sect Theory Church-sect theory, which was originally put forward by Ernst Troeltsch in 1911 and amplified by H. Richard Niebuhr in 1929, has…… Continue reading Sectarian Groups and Social Issues:  Broadening Church-Sect Theory