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The third type ‘claim to possess the means to enable people to unlock their physical, mental, and spiritual potential, without the need to withdraw from the world’ (Wallis, 1978:7-8).
Thus, the world-affirming type focuses on individual changes whereas the world-rejecting type has as a goal redoing society itself.
Perhaps the best known such effort is that of Roy Wallis (1978), whose typology differentiates between world-rejecting, world-affirming, and world accommodating movements.
The first type condemns society as a whole, including its institutional structure and values, and wants to replace that world with another set of values and institutions.
He categorizes such groups as Silva Mind Control (see Silva Method), Transcendental Meditation, est, and Nichiren Shoshu (see Soka Gakkai) as world-affirming.
World-accommodating movements include Charismatic Renewal (see Charismatic Movements) groups and Pentecostal ones as well.
This approach is built upon a broader theory of religion proposed by Stark and Bainbridge that includes the key concept of compensators or supernatural rewards offered by the cult.
The authors claim that the generality, clarity, and intensity of the compensators increased as one moves from audience cult to cult movement.
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However, this early work within the classical tradition of the sociology of religion has fallen into disfavour in recent times in large part because of the usurpation of the term by popular media and opponents of religious experimentation.