Society: A Reciprocal Relationship
|It should be obvious that there is a
reciprocal relationship between society and religion. Society influences
and shapes religion even as religion shapes and influences society.
Even in movements such as the Second Great Awakening, one can identify
forces within society that led to such an outbreak of revivalism. Some of
those forces include the rapid
westward expansion and growth of the country, the need for the church to
organize for the frontier conditions, and the independent nature and isolation
of the settlers of the frontier.
Society can be thought of as a living
organism. What happens in one part will ultimately influence what happens
in another. Religion can be a catalyst for social change just as social
change can be a catalyst for change in religion. Both shape, influence and
reflect the other.