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TITLEA Difficult Case: Beyer's Categories and the Bahá'í Faith
AUTHOR 1Sen McGlinn
DATE_THIS2003-06
VOLUME50
TITLE_PARENTSocial Compass
PAGE_RANGE247-255
ABSTRACTBeyer considers that a religious movement which seeks to have religious norms enshrined in legislation has adopted the 'conservative option' in response to globalisation. Is this a useful categorisation for a global stage?
NOTES Posted by author at scribd.com and academia.edu.

See also Beyer's "New Religious System for Contemporary Society."

TAGSChurch and state; Criticism and apologetics
 
CONTENT
Abstract: Margit Warburg has presented data showing that the Bahá'í community of Denmark represents an excellent case of Beyer's “liberal option” in its response to globalization. She also claims, incorrectly, that the Bahá'í Faith has the “ultimate aim of merging political and religious institutions”. The Bahá'í Faith represents a paradoxical example in terms of Beyer's categories. Its values include relativism, pluralism, globalization, a cosmopolitan ethic and democratic government. But it also seeks to give political and legal effect to these religious values, for instance by supporting the United Nations and advocating a world court. Beyer considers that a religious movement which seeks to have religious norms enshrined in legislation has adopted the “conservative option” in response to globalization. Is this a useful categorization, when the religious norms are liberal and the stage on which they are to be implemented is global?
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