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Evangelical vs. LiberalThe Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest$
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James K. Wellman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.001.0001

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 Religious Ritual and Organizational Dynamics

 Religious Ritual and Organizational Dynamics

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(p.127) 9 Religious Ritual and Organizational Dynamics
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Evangelical vs. Liberal
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James K. Wellman Jr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.003.0011

Ritual activity and organizational dynamics are habits of practice embodying the ways groups and individuals function, pray, organize, and interact, including their participation on the Web. Organizational dynamics in each group are compared on how they relate to each other in communities; in liberal groups, more informal though intimate; in evangelical groups, focusing on families and small group work. Patterns of family and approaches to gender are compared, with liberals more egalitarian and evangelicals more traditional in their approaches. Finally, on leadership, the charismatic makeup of evangelical churches is contrasted with the more bureaucratic and functionary aspects of the liberal congregational leadership style.

Keywords:   ritual, organization, worship, prayer, Web, group dynamics, family, children, youth, gender, leadership, charisma, bureaucratic

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