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The present controversy surrounding new religions has dropped at the vanguard the function of apostates. those participants depart hugely debatable events and suppose roles in different organisations as public competitors opposed to their former activities. This quantity examines the motivations of the apostates, how they're recruited and play out their roles, the types of narratives they build to discredit their prior teams, and the influence of apostasy at the end result of conflicts among events and society.
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The organizational response to defection ranges from inattention to rebuke, and contact with disaffiliates usually is abruptly terminated or becomes a kind of ritualized reconversion effort. However, a key difference between Subversive organizations and the other two types is that for the former there is a plethora of allies to whom exiting members can turn for support. Because the organization possesses little legitimacy, it may be able to control the internal dispute resolution process as long as individuals remain members, but it has a very limited capacity to control external intervention in exit and post-exit processes.
They also enlist the assistance of organizations that defend universally granted protections, such as "civil rights" and "human rights," both to shield themselves and to enhance their credibility. Another common strategy is identifying as situational allies organizations that may be adversely impacted by expanded social control mechanisms. Finally, these organizations may make major organizational concessions, particularly where the opposition has targeted some specific policy or practice. In highly polarized situations, these various tactics are likely to do no more than slow down countersubversion initiatives.
Further, because mainline churches are allegiant organizations, most have internal tribunals that regulate their own affairs. Appeals that in other institutional contexts would be directed outward are therefore turned inward. The case of Worldwide Church of God is the exception that proves the rule, nicely illustrating the limitations of regulatory intervention into church affairs (Wiley 1979; Worthing 1979). Established in 1933 by Herbert W. Armstrong (as the Church of God), the church grew at a modest rate until the 1960s, when it began a period of extraordinary membership increase.