I propose that a conceptual framework for the analysis of religious schisms and heresy based on sociopolitical concerns can enhance our understanding of heterodoxy. After a brief summary of the work Religious Studies scholars have previously done on heterodoxy and lived religion, I then define the four distinct lenses of my framework: lay following, influential individuals, conservative forces, and geopolitics. After explaining the strengths of this approach, I then apply my framework to three case studies: Unitarian Universalism, the medieval Nizari state, and Yiguandao.
Hassan, Benjamin R., "Those Who Choose: A New Conceptual Model for the Origin of Religious Schisms" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9581.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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