Religion Although Europe Is Becoming Essay
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With regard to strong network ties, religions like Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses will grow in communities with strong social connections that already exist. Thus, a few core members of the community become converted. Those core members are trusted in the community, and therefore community members are far more likely to embrace the faith through their trusted friends, neighbors, or family members than by total strangers. The growth of Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses may also have to do with deeper psychological issues in places where these sects have been growing. Just as consumer behavior is linked to psychological theories, including theories of personality, so too is behavior regarding choice of religion. Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses both demand a strict adherence to a set of rules related to personal conduct and social behavior. Proselytizing actively is also considered
part of one's religious duty and social contract.
Therefore, what Stark and Iannacoone say about Jehovah's Witnesses generally applies equally as well to the Latter Day Saints. Both these religions rely on the creation of a labor force to carry out the mission of the organization for no pay. These religions also take root in places with no strong pre-existing religious institution -- in other words, in an environment lacking strong competition. They also have an alternative doctrine that may be attractive to some new recruits. Finally, these two religions bank on pre-existing social ties in the community as a means of self-propagation. As long as the host countries can support the growth of these religions in terms of supplying new converts, the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses will continue to grow in some parts of the world.
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