Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Fragmentation of a SectSchism in the Worldwide Church of God$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David V. Barrett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199861514

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861514.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 August 2019

After the Founder Dies

After the Founder Dies

How Movements Change

Chapter:
(p.177) Chapter 8 After the Founder Dies
Source:
The Fragmentation of a Sect
Author(s):

David V. Barrett

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861514.003.0008

After the death of their founder religions often face a period of turmoil and readjustment, even if the succession has been well planned. An original typological model is used to categorise and analyse four ideal types of outcome: continuation, dissolution, reform/revolution and schism, and also increased convergence with or divergence from mainstream religion and society; the model is applied to the Worldwide Church of God and to a variety of other new religious movements. The chapter then examines a number of other factors affecting a movement after the death of its founder including: the second leader; the continuing organization; demography; doctrine; whether the movement is inward- or outward-looking; the internet; and the personality of new leaders. Finally it looks briefly at what may happen in some of the larger Worldwide offshoots when their now-elderly founder/leaders die.

Keywords:   death, succession, typological model, continuation, dissolution, reform/revolution, schism, convergence, divergence, second leader

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .