World accommodating cult

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In his study of the relationship between Christianity and the world, Ernst Troeltsch (1912) examined the tensions, problems, and dilemmas that confronted the Christian church as it attempted to come to terms with four aspects of classical civilization: family life, economic activity, politics and power, and intellectual endeavor.He found this history characterized by two major tendencies which exhibited themselves in varied forms over a long period of time.

Sociologists have proposed various classifications of religious movements.It is part of a typology of religious groupings which has been found useful in the study of religious movements and bodies.The term “cult” has also been given a special technical meaning as part of this typology, but it has remained less precisely defined, less useful, and less used in empirical research.The most widely used classification in the sociology of religion is the church-sect typology.The typology states that churches, ecclesia, denominations, and sects form a continuum with decreasing influence on society.

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