For more than forty years there was a single synagogue in the quiet town of Williamette, Oregon. But then disagreements over gender roles, homosexuality, Israeli politics, and other issues tore the synagogue in two. Where there was once one Jewish community under one roof, there are now two hostile congregationsone Reconstructionist, one Orthodoxacross the street from one another. Through a year as a participant in both congregations and in-depth interviews, Zuckerman tells a mesmerizing story of this religious schism. Strife in the Sanctuary then contemplates why religious groups split apart and how religious symbols come to mean different things to different groups. The first book-length study of a single congregation breaking in two, Strife in the Sanctuary provides a welcome ethnographic study for sociologists of religion. Plus, its moving story makes it an excellent read for undergraduate classes or anyone interested in religious divisions.
About the Author
Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology at Pitzer College.
Table of Contentschapter 1 1. Introduction chapter 2 2. Two Congregations chapter 3 3. Community Forms chapter 4 4. The Community Before the Storm chapter 5 5. Division Begins chapter 6 6. Orthodoxy chapter 7 7. The Schism chapter 8 8. Then There Were Two chapter 9 9. The Sociology of Religious Schism chapter 10 10. Conclusion chapter 11 Glossary
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