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Faith has lengthy performed a crucial position in lots of social and political hobbies. team spirit in Poland, anti-apartheid in South Africa, Operation Rescue within the United States--each of those hobbies is pushed by way of the power and sustained by way of the dedication of lots of individuals and firms whose ideologies are formed and powered via spiritual religion. in lots of situations, non secular assets and explanations function crucial Read more...

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regardless of the the most important function of faith in such a lot societies, spiritual activism continues to be mostly uninvestigated. in keeping with empirical facts, this publication additionally addresses many theoretical matters bobbing up in the Read more...

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They know which songs to sing, which authorities to cite, what moral commitments they ought to uphold. 18 DISRUPTIVE RELIGION: THE FORCE OF FAITH IN SOCIAL-MOVEMENT ACTIVISM The "overground railroacT of the 1980s Sanctuary movement, for example, that transported Central American refugees to safety, initially expanded rapidly among a letterlinked network of Quakers who shared the common heritage of Quaker activism in the nineteenth century "underground railroad" that transported black slaves to the safety of the North (Davidson 1988).

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Benjamin Mays, C D . A. Archer. K. ''' He states further that these educators and theologians, who themselves had struggled to get an education, stressed such values as h u m a n dignity, personhood, manhood, and courage. These became core values of the civil rights movement. During this period black universities and colleges were closely linked to the black church. Thus, a significant n u m b e r of the leading professors were also ministers or closely attached to the ministerial profession, it was not unusual for the students to be required to attend daily or weekly chapel services, during which these influential cultural figures, expert in public speaking and the art of dramatic communication, attempted to imbue the students with certain values.

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