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The Rise of Network ChristianityHow Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape$
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Brad Christerson and Richard Flory

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190635671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190635671.001.0001

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Competitive Disadvantages and Downsides

Competitive Disadvantages and Downsides

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(p.125) Chapter Six Competitive Disadvantages and Downsides
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The Rise of Network Christianity
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Brad Christerson

Richard Flory

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190635671.003.0006

This chapter addresses the weaknesses of INC Christianity and its competitive disadvantages when compared with religious groups organized around traditional congregations and denominations. We identify four primary weaknesses: oversold beliefs regarding the supernatural, a lack of capacity to produce stable community life, a limited capacity for influencing long-term social change, and an increased likelihood of corruption and scandal. We conclude that these competitive disadvantages grow out of INC Christianity’s primary competitive strength: its network structure.

Keywords:   competitive disadvantage, supernatural, community, scandal, corruption, networks, social transformation

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