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Children of Jesus and MaryThe Order of Christ Sophia$
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James Lewis and Nicholas Levine

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.001.0001

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The Order of Christ Sophia and Traditional Protestant Churches

The Order of Christ Sophia and Traditional Protestant Churches

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(p.197) 9 The Order of Christ Sophia and Traditional Protestant Churches
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Children of Jesus and Mary
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Scott L. Thumma

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.003.0009

This chapter compares the Order of Christ Sophia (OCS) and mainstream denominations via the Parish Profile Inventory developed by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Though it is clear that the order is different, there are also many similarities with more mainstream religions. This comparison begins to hint at the challenges such movements face as they mature and attempt to establish lasting church-like organizational forms within a U.S. religious context, in which considerable changes are taking place and are having an effect on all types of religious organizations. The chapter suggests that these changes are beginning to make what has been described as a new religion look much more like a highly successful niche congregation, perhaps greater in religious intensity than most but similar in organization and group dynamics to many other Christian congregations.

Keywords:   religious organizations, mainstream religions, new religion, Parish Profile Inventory

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