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Now, American Catholics are also demanding more say, staging vigils in churches they refuse to allow to be clased, withholding contributions, and taking dioceses to court. Voices are bubbling up from the bottom and seeping in from the edges, and hierarchy is showing signs of decay.

The guardians of religious hierarchy understand the danger that lurks inside this revolution. Religions without unassailable leaders and with hungry competitors may find themselves marketing as much as ministering. Meeting buyer preferences may be essential in business, but it can eviscerate the integrity of the religious \"product.\" Imagine what the Ten Commandments or the Sermon on the Mount might have been if Moses or Christ had poll-tested them. And, yet, just such carefully tailored messages may be the key to the spectacular success of the so-called megachurches, which rarely make a move without consulting market research.

Grappling with choice contributes to a religious maturity unavailable to someone who simply accepts what is passed down from above, and for that reason it could actually strengthen the capacity of the religious to cope with the challenge of secularism. Of course, the lack of recognized authority could also lead to fragmentation. But even that has an upside. Pentecostalism, for example, has no hierarchy, but its divisions and rivalries have generated an entrepreneurial energy that has made it the fastest growing Christian movement in the world. They have proven that sometimes religion without hierarchy can endure, and even thrive. FP

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    現下,美國天主教徒也正要求更多說, 在他們拒絕允許的教堂裡舉行守夜是clased,不給予貢獻,並且帶主教管區到法庭。  聲音從屁股那裡起泡向上並且從邊緣那裡滲入,階層顯示腐壞的標誌。 宗教階層的監護人理解在這次革命裡面潛伏的危險。  宗教不帶攻不破的領導人並且與飢餓的競爭者可能為他們自己找銷售幾乎等於幫助。  遇見購買者偏愛可能在生意方面必要,但是它能取出宗教的完整五內" 產品。 " 想像什麼在底座上的10 條戒律或者講道可能是是否摩西或者基督有投票測試的他們。  並且, 然而, 只不過這樣的仔細調整的消息可能是所謂megachurches的壯觀的成功的關鍵,這很少沒有咨詢市場調研而採取行動。 克服選擇有助於對僅僅接受從上面流傳的的人不可獲得的宗教成熟, 並且由於那原因應付現世主義的挑戰實際上能加強宗教的能力。  當然,缺乏公認的威權也能導致碎裂。  但是甚至那有上邊。  例如,Pentecostalism, 沒有階層,但是它的劃分和競爭已經產生已經在世界上使它為迅速地增長的基督教徒運動的企業家的精力。  他們證明有時宗教沒有階層罐頭忍受,並且甚至繁榮。  FP  

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